Humorist Garrison Keillor Skewers Donald Trump with Spoof of ‘The Raven’

Garrison Keillor
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Humorist Garrison Keillor ribbed Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump with a re-worked version of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem “The Raven” during his public radio show A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday.

The 73-year-old author and radio host used Poe’s popular 1845 poem to mock Trump; where Poe’s narrator had originally “pondered, weak and weary” on that fateful night, Keillor’s had “studied social theory.”


Just as in Poe’s original poem, Keillor’s narrator hears a disturbance outside that piques his interest:

“I flung the shutter, when as smooth as melted butter/ In there stepped a raven so elegant and plump/ And he entered my library with an attitude so airy, as he sat down in a chair he had pulled up there ker-wump/ Quoth the raven, ‘Donald Trump.””

“At this word I sat there grinning/and my head had started spinning/as the raven with his right wing slapped his slim and feathery rump/in a suit and tie was wrapped, and his front teeth nightly capped/and atop his head a wig peroxide swooping in a clump/Quoth the raven, ‘Donald Trump.'”

Saturday’s episode will be one of Keillor’s last as host: According to the Associated Press, Punch Brothers mandolinist Chris Thile will be taking over as host of A Prairie Home Companion this fall. The show is set to shift its format from its variety-based approach to a more musically-focused show with comedy bits thrown in.

Keillor has served as host A Prairie Home Companion since October, 1971.

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