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Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Happy birthday to Edgar Allan Poe (19 January, 1809 – 7 October, 1849)!

"Poe Returning to Boston" - L3007227

by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were--I have not seen
As others saw--I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I lov'd, I loved alone.
Then--in my childhood--in the dawn
Of a most stormy life--was drawn
From ev'ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that 'round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold--
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass'd me flying by--
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.



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Jan. 19th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
I have yet to get into Boston to see that statue. I think I'll wait until spring. ;)
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I hope there will be photos! *bounces up and down* I love that statue.
Jan. 21st, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
There will definitely be photos!
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
What a great statue (lucky Boston!) And I very much like Alone, which I've not read before - thank you. And happy birthday, Edgar Allen Poe!
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
Isn't the statue amazing? So very rock-n-roll. I love it.

I'm so happy you liked the poem! It's one of my Poe favorites.
Jan. 20th, 2015 11:44 am (UTC)
I love the statue! What a great homage to such a talented man. So Happy Birthday to the man who has brought me, as well as so many others, hours and hours of spooky pleasure!
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
I agree! It's just fantastic.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:44 pm (UTC)
Fun little piece of trivia. The Japanese mystery writer Taro Hirai took the pen name Edogawa Ranpo because, when spoken by a Japanese person fairly quickly, it sounds kind of like Edgar Allan Poe.
Jan. 22nd, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is fun!!!! :)

By the way, is there any chance I'll see you at ConCarolinas this year? Joel from MST3K will be there. I'm ridiculously excited about that.

Edited at 2015-01-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2015 12:09 pm (UTC)
Afraid not. I did however make it to MarsCon, where I got to meet David Weber of Honor Harrington fame. This gave me an opportunity to ask a burning question. Namely, does Solarian League propaganda portray Baroness Medusa as a snake-themed, leather-clad dominatrix. Because really, it does sound like a name of a snake-themed, leather-clad dominatrix. His answer was no, they haven't stooped quite that low.
Jan. 27th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Aw, you'll be missed!

David Weber and I did a signings table stint together once. (Which of these doesn't fit? I know, I know. I kept getting asked to move aside while people took photos of him! LOL.) Nice guy. Your question cracked me up! You're right: her name is very suggestive. I bet he got a laugh out of that.
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