Is there simile comparison from the Simpsons to Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven?

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The 1990 Halloween-themed episode of The Simpsons was titled "Treehouse of Horror," and featured three short vignettes, one of which was a take-off on Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.  Actually, it wasn't a "take-off," per se, but rather a serious reading of Poe's famous poem by distinguished actor James Earl Jones, but with Homer Simpson as the lonely, forlorn central character and Bart as the raven (it was Bart's head on a raven's body, with Bart's demeanor thrown in). A portrait on a wall of Homer's study depicts Marge, presumably as the poem's Lenore, the subject of the central figure's anguish. The episode, particularly the segment on The Raven, became fairly well-known, as Jones' authoritative voice proved, as usual, perfectly suited to the poem's underlying gravitas.  The images of an angry, absurd Homer being tormented by the Bart-headed bird lent Jones' reading the requisite comedic tone.  A link to the segment on YouTube is provided below.

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