January 19 2017 will be Edgar Allan Poe's 208th birth anniversary, his poem 'The Raven' was published this month 172 years ago.
"...But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
Crows/ravens indeed are mysterious creatures. I have observed that whenever the volume of the voice in our household raises, for any reason- joy, grief, fight, electronics, plain talking etc, one of them perches itself on the wall of our terrace and starts crowing until we calm down, lower our voice!
Sometimes it really gets on my nerves and I chase it with a cricket stump...!
Here it is in June 2016:
I came upon this cartoon in "The New Yorker" in May 2016.
David Borchart, The New Yorker, May 2016
I took my son's help to 'decipher' this cartoon.
It depicts Poe and a raven are playing scrabble. Raven is from Poe's "The Raven", 1845. It's holding a letter 'N' in is beak and is gunning for the word 'NEVERMORE' that recurs in the poem!