Collection: Halloween Edgar Allan Poe

Stephen Mead's Live Performance of Edgar Allan Poe Poetry of The Raven, Masque of the Red Death, Tail-tale


“The Bells” is a heavily onomatopoeic poem by Edgar Allan Poe which was not published until after his death in 1849. It is perhaps best known for the diacope use of the word “bells.” The poem has four parts to it; each part becomes darker and darker as the poem progresses from happy Christmas Bells towards the last Death Knell bells

Length: about 7 minutes


“The Raven” is a narrative poem that has perfectly created a supernatural atmosphere by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845. The poem tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. As the Raven stands on a bust of Pallas, the raven with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore” drives the lover mad. The poem makes use of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.

Length: about 12 minutes


"The Masque of the Red Death” The story follows Prince Prospero’s attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He decides to through a large masquerade ball and invites all his wealthy friends. The party takes place in seven rooms, each decorated with a different color. When the party is in full swing, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim appears and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero becomes furious and confronts this mysterious guest. And the moral of the story is death finds everyone.

Length: about 18 minutes


“The Tell-Tale Heart” first published in 1843. It is related by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity while simultaneously describing a murder he has committed. He did the deed because the victim was an old man with a filmy “vulture-eye”. The narrator describes how he choose the perfect time of the murder, attempting the perfect crime, complete with dismembering and hiding the body under the floorboards. But suddenly he becomes unhinged by hearing a thumping sound, which the narrator interprets as the dead man’s beating heart.

Length: about 18 minutes

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Lindsey Zellman
Fun session - the time flew by

The Van Gogh presentation covered the progression of his career, from his early works until the very end. This approach, along with the background info about his personal life, made it easier to understand how his style evolved. The presenter seemed very passionate about the subject matter and empathetic toward the artist’s struggles. Totally worth the time and money. I look forward to taking more virtual tours.

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Interesting and well organized

It was a good representation of the period being discussed, but I was disappointed at the scope because it was so much shorter than the impressionist program that I watched recently

Hi Barbara,

Thank you for the review. Yes, the Modern Art Tour is a short one hour long instead of the two-hours that you will have with the other programs.

Barbara Cooper
Excellent presentation

The presentation was excellent. The presenter was very knowledgeable and clear and her visuals were very good and appropriate. I expected a much shorter session and was surprised when it lasted 2 hours. That was a pleasant surprise and well worth the time not to mention being worth the money. I look forward to seeing more of these programs in the future.

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Very informative presentation on VanGogh

It was interesting to see so many pictures we had not seen before. The evolution of his style was really an education and Rebecca's passion and knowledge was delightful. I had been somewhat familiar with VanGogh and his work but not nearly in the depth Rebecca presented. We were extremely fortunate to have a trip to Paris where we saw the bedroom painting. I had seen it in photos and thought it was an example of his work and that was about it, but seeing it in person was a whole different experience. The vitality and colours and brush strokes took my breath away. I just had to know more about Vincent's work and life and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Rebecca's presentation.

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Stephen Mead Performing The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe