Kids showing off their freshly made Raven puppets (photo courtesy of Tammy Breeding)
For the past few weeks, the Poe Museum has played host to several primary school aged groups who were interested in learning about Edgar Allan Poe as part of their summer enrichment. Our usual bailiwick is middle and high school aged pupils, but we at the Museum were more than happy to help introduce Poe to younger folks.
Children received a special tour of the museum and then got to participate in an activity designed to introduce them to poetry via Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”. They also got to make their own Raven puppets to take home.
The kids (and the Poe Museum guides) all seem to have had a great time. Hopefully, we are helping to instill an early appreciation for poetry in general and Poe in particular for the young people that have visited us this month. Maybe we will even inspire someone to go on to write poetry or short stories of their own.
In what may possibly be a Poe Museum first, we received a letter addressed to “The Raven” in care of the museum.
The envelope - click for a larger version
Needless to say, the staff was intrigued and we passed the letter along to the Raven.
The Raven was so pleased by the letter, that he asked me to share it on the museum blog. (Ravens lack opposable thumbs, which makes blogging difficult for them.)
So here is the letter:
The letter - click for a larger version
The Raven composed a reply and had me put it in the mail this morning. We hope that Mr. Martell will enjoy the letter.
The Raven has also graciously consented to allowing his reply to be published on this blog, so here it is:
The Raven's Reply - click for larger version
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