Hank Green reads “The Raven”


Hello I’m Hank Green. Um, it’s Halloween
time, so of course you’ve got to go to the creepy standards, and I’ve chosen a poem
that I love, even though it’s the obvious choice. It’s The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe,
because it’s a super creepy poem, right? Except it’s not creepy at all.
It turns out hiding right below the creepiness, it’s not about the
supernatural, it’s not about, like, what’s hiding unseen in the shadows. It’s just
about grief and about that feeling that you will never be out from under the
grief, and maybe that that’s a real feeling and that’s not creepy, it’s just
it’s scary and it’s very sad and it’s almost like
he built this creepy exterior to maybe make the sadness even more palatable.

100 thoughts on “Hank Green reads “The Raven”

  1. I remember when he posted a reading of this on Tumblr a few years ago and that reading really helped me out with the rough time I was having. Even though it's the same poem this version reminded me of fifth grade and my teacher who had us read lots of Poe. Grief is a weird thing, the older I get the sadder this poem seems.

  2. It's strange to see Hank here. His reading is great, it's just weird to hear the usually energetic Hank read this really depressing poem.

  3. Thank you! I always read The Raven at Halloween and it was wonderful to do it with Hank.

  4. I've never read this poem in full and never knew it was about grief. But here I am tearing up. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    (p.s. … Did we hear a little bit of Hank's fake British accent at the beginning there?)

  5. I love this poem reading ❤️ but at 7:53 I instantly thought the rhyme would be farting cause Hank was reading

  6. It sounds like the words are being piped through him, but are not felt by him. His flow is awful, too. It's only marginally better than Christopher Lee and James Earl Jones' reading, but just barely. Neither of them could read it rightly, either.

  7. Last time I read it I was a freshman in high school and I had absolutely no idea of what it was about. Now hearing it I was so incredibly moved so thanks guys.

  8. Who would have thought we would hear Poe in Hank's voice.. thankyou Ours Poetica

  9. Ohhh dear Hank, you just gave a massive eargasm. Poe is my favorite Poet, this Raven is my favorite poem, and this is my favorite channel 🖤

  10. "I have that book"
    I feel like having these poems read gives me a better visual picture

  11. Hank! It is a delight to see you here, but I did not expect to see you engage as enthusiastically as this in a channel about poetry. The short poem section of Dear Hank and John really changed my perspective on poetry, and helped me see the beauty in it where previously it mostly just confused me – I guess it did for you too! This is such a beautiful poem too, a harrowing and honest depiction of the never-ending nature of grief. Just when you think you're rid of it, some stupid trigger brings everything back – a song, a memory, a poem, a smell – and grief comes knocking at your door all over again. I love this poem, Hank. Thanks for reading it to me.

  12. i haven’t read poe since middle school so i always dismissed this poem as some creepy dude seeing a creepy bird. when hank finally explained the poem is about greif it all hit me what this poem actually is.
    so, thank you

  13. I think I only heard this poem as a small excerpt and I definitely never read it in full in English. But this was truly a delight. I feel like I have to relisten to it, sitting somewhere dark and quiet to get more into the mood.

  14. the only person I will willingly listen to read Edgar Allen Poe because most times I just. don't. get. it.

  15. It always did sting how he asked the raven questions about heaven and the only reply was nevermore.
    He was looking for any kind of conformation that Lenore was well and without pain in heaven and the raven had no such confirmation to give.

  16. No doubt you won't believe me… but I'm actually a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe! Thank you for this wonderful reading of one of his best. 😁

  17. A) I love this poem and the way Hank delivered it
    B) For everyone that likes Poe, literature or comedy. Please watch "Edgar Allen Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs2T_dNZ-XW6UjWC-qUbZSWJyCLFmsdPP

  18. do u also take requests ? but i would love to hear a nazam by ghalib or alama iqbal.its hard to find a good english audio with no accents or music or the narrators you present . I love listening to the poems being read plainly and smoothly .

  19. i like the little word-order mistakes, like when he says 'this is it' instead of 'this it is' or 'I said' instead of 'said I'.. have heard this happen in many renditions, and struggled myself with these archaisms when learning the poem by heart 😀

  20. What is Poe saying that he put the raven on Pallas, the God of Battle and Warcraft?

  21. I heard this poem alot as a child and always thought of it as spooky but really just confusing. Its a wonderful thing to have been a kid.

  22. I could listen to Hank reading the whole day… 💜 I also really like the interpretation of that poem, since I'm not from the US I never had to read it in school and didn't really get into it. Thanks for that insight!

  23. Wait, wait, wait. I thought Hank only liked short, funny poems. I feel misled by Dear Hank and John.

  24. This was absolutely wonderful and Hank did a fantastic job reading it. Definitely my fav Ours Poetica upload so far 🙏🏽

  25. This was beautiful. I had read this poem in school and thought I knew it, but hearing the way Hank read it brought about so much new meaning for me. Thanks for sharing this!

  26. Took me a while to appreciate that Hank really did get the cadence required for this reading. Great job, from a fan of many channels, including finding this one… because John

  27. This is wonderful. I understood more about this poem from this reading than I ever have before. Happy Halloween (and peace to anyone who might be grieving.)

  28. wow I’ve really got to catch up on these!! I’ve only watched a few but they’re all amazing 💙

  29. If any of you have not heard The Alan Parson's Project's "The Raven", I highly suggest you go listen to it after watching this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVLUeXkzUjM

  30. Good morning Hank, Good morning John. What impact, if any, does skipping ads on YouTube to the revenue that your channels receive? Now there seems to be 2 or 3 should we still endure them to benefit the channels

  31. My English teachers would always read this poem at Halloween, and this is my first Halloween teaching English, so I'd like to share it with my students. I think I'll show them this video 🙂 I really love how Hank talks about grief here; I knew the speaker was grieving, but I had never really thought about his grief, and I'm thankful that this video gave me the opportunity to do so. It is an incredibly sad and an incredibly beautiful poem.

  32. I’ve always loved this poem (if you haven’t seen the Simpsons clip of this poem, go watch it! It’s the best!!!!) and as a high school English teacher always enjoyed teaching it around this time of year! Hank, you read this so perfectly!

  33. I've never heard or read this before and I'm so impressed and silenced by it. Kind of an unbelievable feeling really, thank you very much for sharing this!

  34. A couple of those phrases come perilously close to your fake British accent, Hank. 😉

  35. This is one of my favourites too. Gets more beautiful every time I read or hear it. And this is a lovely version of it. Thank you, Hank. Ps: have you heard the song that Omnia made of it? Definitely worth a listen 😊

  36. This guy's problem with that talkative Raven is easy to solve. All he had to do to shut up this Raven is stop saying words ending on -oor.

  37. The most powerful part of this poem, from what I’ve noticed here, is that the speaker knows what the answer will be. And he asks the questions he would want answers to be “yes” to, because, more than comfort, he wants to hurt himself. He wants to hear the Nevermore. He wants the raven to spite him. He could ask questions where Nevermore’d be kind, where the answer would give hope, but by the end he chooses all the questions where hearing it just hurts him and he asks them just to hear the worst conclusion he can think of. That’s grief.

  38. This is my favorite poem. At first becuase I was a kid who liked macabre, gothic things, but now as an adult increasingly becuase of how well it presents desperation.

  39. In the time it took to listen to this team trees increased 3000+ trees…..read more poetry Hank!

  40. viewing this in the context of grief makes a lot of sense. I was part of a horror production based on Poe's works, but even viewing the raven as a harbinger of death or retribution or even chaos doesn't fit as well as the original intent of the poem. Grief stays with you, perched on the symbol of war and hardship, even when you scream at it, even when you try to reason with it, even when you weep and allow yourself to feel it. It stays.

  41. I'd never read the full poem before, and never knew it was about grief. It is so much better now. Thank you for an excellent choice and reading, Hank.

  42. My favorite internet person (sorry John) performing my favorite poem. Today has been my best day on the internet.

  43. One of my favorite people reading a poem by one of my favorite poets. Lovely time all around

  44. Hank is correct in his analysis about the poem, but boy did I get scared when I opened my copy to follow along and there was a bug in there crawling across the pages. (I have a pop-up version of the poem, otherwise I would have just read along with the video.)

  45. If you like this poem I HIGHLY recommend checking out A Tell Tale Vlog by Shipwrecked Comedy here on youtube! It's a comedy series following Poe as he writes The Raven, lots of hilarious improv and sassy ghosts! (Also A Tell Tale Birthday has a guest appearance by Mary Kate Wiles who you might know from Hank's series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!)

  46. I named my cat Lenore, and I have DFTBA on my license plate. I think it's safe to say I enjoyed this video.

  47. I haven't read this in so long, and now that I'm in the midst of my own deep grieving, it is more poignant than ever. "And my soul shall be lifted….nevermore."

  48. Poe has been one of those favorites that has stuck with me since school. This was so good. SO GOOD!

  49. As many, I haven’t heard this since high school. It hit me so much this time around. Thanks for the reading Hank!

  50. I haven't heard this poem in years. It's not scary in the slightest, just incredibly depressing.

  51. Might be a standard and for sure knew it existed but it's the first time I have ever heard it. Beautiful. Does anyone know if this meter has a name?

  52. I was always drawn to Poe when I was younger, I always loved this poem, but I don't think I ever really understood it until hearing this reading of it. It's been the better part of a decade since I've read through his work and I think I just couldn't comprehend what he was saying as a teenager. This makes me love him even more.

  53. Grief! I recommend Grief is a thing with Feathers by Porter! It's so beautiful and wrenching

  54. I had been waiting for an Ours Poetica video featuring Hank! This was amazing!

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