Project ED – Rhythm and the Raven Contest
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…
Sound familiar? These are the opening words from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, "The Raven." The poem was a “pop” sensation in Poe’s time - kids used to follow him down the street waving their arms like a bird.
Now we’re putting it to you, Project ED creators, to turn this classic into a rhythmic masterpiece worth of today’s pop charts.
Here’s your assignment:
Using verses from "The Raven" - recite, sing, or rap the poem in a rhythm that will make us want to hear it over and over again. You must follow these rules:
• Use the poem as is - no repetitions of words or lines, no invention of new words or lines; just make your flow work. We want you to stay true to Poe’s original rhyme and verse.
• Your recitation must contain, at a minimum, the first six verses of the poem in order as included below. You can stop there, or keep going. Pick stanzas from the rest of the poem as you wish, or do the whole thing!
• Make sure your video is appropriate (No profanity or violence, please!)
• Accompanying music must be either an original composition or from our approved music sources:
• This list of free tracks on Free Music Archive
• Public Domain Music
Remember - we’re focused on your flow and delivery. Perfectly produced music is not required; beatboxing and even drumming on your desk is acceptable.
And check out the Resources section for Raven-themed artwork you can include in your video
Edit the description to add:
- Historical context: the work's place in history, how it was received
- A summary of the work's overall themes (example: "Here, Byron evokes the classic struggle between virtue and temptation...")
- A description of the work's overall style and tone