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October 24, 2011

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Your comments take me back to college Shakespeare classes, where I spent endless hours in the library listening to eight- to ten-album sets for one play! It was only through hearing the words that I could truly comprehend their meaning. When teaching "The Raven" in high school, we always read it aloud... and at the end of the lesson I would "treat" the class to a video with Homer Simpson's recitation. I have no doubt that Rathbone's version would have been much more effective! I'll check it out for a Halloween treat to myself.

Trick and treat: The trick is to reach students in any effective way you can, including the treat of Homer Simpson or Basil Rathbone. You are obviously an effective teacher. Now I have to locate and hear Homer Simpson's recitation of "The Raven." I'll bet it's a hoot ... or caw ... or whatever sound a raven-manque might make inside Moe's Bar.

I was going to mention Homer Simpson, but I see Karen Warner beat me to it. It's in the original Treehouse of Horror episode that first aired on October 24, 1990. I have it in the Season 2 DVD set. It should be available on NetFlix, I'd think.

Bart has one line, but it's the best. "Quoth the Raven...Eat my shorts!"

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