recite the raven

Les Amis + their weird talents/party tricks
  • Enjolras: Can hang spoons of any size from his nose.
  • Courfeyrac: Can do handstands and recite the entirety of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Yes, at the same time.
  • Combeferre: Can draw a detailed realistic moth from memory. The reason this still astounds people is that Ferre is completely incapable of drawing literally anything else. He has personally banned Pictionary on Games nights.
  • Grantaire: Grantaire has a MULTITUDE of party tricks. They collect them like Pokemon. Including but not limited to: Juggling, beatboxing, circular breathing (they learned the didgeridoo on a gap year in Australia), and card tricks.
  • Joly: Can wiggle their ears and they are VERY proud.
  • Bossuet: Makes dart guns from the pages of a magazine. Also folds really cool paper planes.
  • Jehan: Was a gymnast as a child so their body b e n d s. Can do the splits with ease. Can also throw knives but that tends to not really come up at parties.
  • Bahorel: Can flip a pile of 18 beer mats and catch them in mid air with one hand.
  • Feuilly: Origami. also not just paper; also napkins and towels. Paper origami he learned from the Japanese lady who ran his first orphanage. The other two he developed through working in hotels and restaurants. Can Also play the spoons and harmonica.
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  • Marius: Can play La Marseillaise on wine glasses filled with water. He had a lonely childhood.
  • Cosette: Really good at body percussion. She and Marius do a very odd but very cool rendition of La Marseillaise together.
  • Eponine: Can bend her thumb back to touch her wrist bc of her weird joints. Can bend her arm at an odd angle bc of an old broken bone that didn't heal right.
  • Musichetta: Can say any word you give her backwards without seeing it written down. They only discovered this bc she would mutter to herself and everyone thought it was Urdu but eventually they realised she was actually saying everything backwards.
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For Edgar Allan Poe’s 208th birthday, here’s Vincent Price reciting “The Raven.”

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I got curious about the symbolism of a raven (more specifically, the symbolism of the raven in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”) since the name of the tenth episode is called Face the Raven and the results I got were not very… hopeful.

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Raven Reyes reciting the Raven

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by Horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore
!                                            
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

When Raven started quoting the Raven my literary heart may have possibly lunged into my throat.  And while she was muttering this stanza the last two lines were what she kept repeating. 

To break it down if you’re unfamiliar with the poem. On this home by Horror haunted, so there we have the speaker of the poem stating how completely alone they are in their loneliness. We’re reminded of the absolute misery that clings to them.

Now the Balm in Gilead line, the actual literal balm is supposed to have healing properties and was to be the salvation of the people of Israel. It is also a reference to Jeremiah from the Old testament. When he asks this question it is meant as a plea for a semblance of hope.  

The Raven in turn simply replies that there is no hope. There is no way to save the speaker from their pain. 

But get this the pain the speaker is talking about … it’s the pain of memories. 

And I just think that was brilliant! Because Raven wanted to be free of her pain. She wanted to be able to go on with her life and be useful and not have to deal with what has happened to her. But once she is able to rid herself of this pain, she realizes that she has also essentially rid herself of who she is as a person. 

Raven who was originally the speaker has become the Raven. She’s the one now stating “There is no hope that your memories will ever stop hurting you. There is no magic way to heal yourself of pain. You can’t be rid of your pain.” 

Raven Reyes is the strongest person on this show and I am always blown away when I’m reminded of it. 

The Luv Letars

Jerry dates a woman who enjoys writing him long, sexy love letters, but has terrible spelling and grammar. She talks repeatedly about how she loves the smell of his “colon” and how much she enjoys when he “groups” her “brests”. She seems otherwise intelligent and holds a degree in biology, which he finds mystifyingly incongruous.

George has an allergic reaction to something in his apartment but can’t figure out what it might be, considering there have been no changes in his eating habits or lifestyle. The only symptoms seem to be hives that migrate around his body along with a mild feeling of being swollen. He wakes up one morning perfectly round, and rolls helplessly around his bedroom screaming for help.

Elaine impresses her boyfriend by belching his name. Thrilled by his response, she practices belching the entire alphabet, and eventually moves on to recite Poe’s “The Raven”. He’s so moved he gives her a standing ovation. When she accidentally farts while bowing, he breaks up with her on the spot.

Kramer tries to bake a cake from scratch, but can’t bring himself to beat the eggs, resorting instead to merely scolding them sternly. The resulting confection is ultimately inedible. “Well at least I can sleep at night,” he mumbles, picking slimy eggshells out from between his teeth.

George’s screams exhausted, he nearly gives up hope when a man in a top hat and purple suit suddenly appears in his doorway, along with a group of short men with apparent spray-tans. He’s relieved at first, until he hears the man order his companions to roll him to “the Juicing Room”.

Jerry wakes up in the middle of the night to find his girlfriend sniffing around his anus.

Well today.

I finally listened to Recite the Raven and well their instrumentals are good and progress very well but the vocals are just two tones of gurgling. Like it sounds like the dude singing is using mouth wash and talking. It just shows me again that people enjoy simple, talentless things in their every day listening. Thus why I write in a different direction, other wise I would be playing bro core and play 022 chords for three and a half minutes.

anonymous asked:

Raven reciting "the raven" while doing chin ups and listening to punk rock tunes would have been incredibly hot had it been in any other circumstance so imma just imagine hsau and Octavia walking in on her doing this and them pulling a clexa because "friends do this it's totally casual"

ur fuckin right