The Pingu

Here's a wonderful take on Poe's "The Raven", recasting the titular bird with everyone's favourite claymation penguin. There's not a ton to say here except to comment Adam Roberts on the masterful way he retains the musicality and internal rhyme of the original, though he only writes three of the original eighteen stanzas—the first of which is:

Once upon a night Antarctic, whilst I pondered the cathartic
Power of many quaint and tragic volumes of forgotten lore — 
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a clapping,
As of flippers briskly slapping, slapping on my igloo floor.
“’Tis some penguin feet,” I muttered, “slapping on my igloo floor — 
Only this and nothing more.”

Go and, if you can, read it aloud, and see if it doesn't put a smile back on your face.



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