Monday, February 13, 2012

My Year With Edgar

(All the photos of vignettes were made by me.)


The first time I was introduced to the poem, Annabel Lee, I remember it like it was yesterday. My aunt had just received her latest "Book of the Month Club" selection and she had chosen The Best Loved Poems of the American People. She began telling me a little about Edgar Allan Poe and then read me his poem, Annabel Lee, from her new book. I remember where I was standing when she read it, I had never heard anything as beautiful. My love affair with Edgar Allan Poe began that day, I was probably about ten years old.

My dear Edgar ...

My treasured photo of Edgar with
a special inscription for me.

Detail from the above photo.

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Complete and Unabridged.

Clint's copy, a birthday gift from his mom and dad, 1984.

Okay, back to reality and my "year" spent with Edgar Allan Poe. In reality I spent a year reading
Kenneth Silverman's, Edgar A. Poe, Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance. Referred to as a

"biography that will be a lasting monument among Poe studies." This book made me more

aware of Poe's association with other early American poets. One favorite quote about the book is

"A book that is as readable as any fiction published this year... ~Houston Chronicle

Clint also shares a love of Edgar Allan Poe.  In 2002,  we visited the

Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

We visited Poe's grave and had our photographs made by the monument. Unfortunately

those photos remain on a floppy disk :-(

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible reality.

~Edgar Allan Poe


Thank you, dear readers, for your time playing along with me.  I had originally
posted this blog in January of 2011.  Today I thought I would repost it. My,
how easily I can entertain myself. ;~)


Nova said...

I love to read him, and thanks for sharing the photos.

Greetings from Tenerife

Shady Del Knight said...

A repost from you is always welcome, dear Cindy. I've been posting reruns for quite some time. I share your fascination with Poe and studied his works extensively in 8th and 9th grade English, particularly his poem Annabel Lee. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead, dear friend!

Clint said...

I love Poe. He was a genius of the first magnitude---a star that shone so brightly in the heavens that he eclipsed other giants of the day like Whittier and Longfellow.

I always think of Poe when someone says "there is a thin line between genius and madness".

His works will live forever. He was a a uniquely honed poet and author.

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you all follow Poe admirers! I can't imagine anyone not admiring his work.

Shelly said...

He is a favorite of mine. I just always feel like I would have loved to have helped his tortured soul.

I really enjoyed your post!