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Lately, there has been a lot of discussion around the T’s House of death, dying and tragedy. The earthquake in Haiti and the horrid destruction, death and injury that it has left in its wake are devastating. A good friend who was staying with us has a close uncle that is close to passing away at any moment. Seeing him wrestle with the sadness and grief that accompanies losing someone you love brings back sad memories for me.
Patty at Where Did the Time Go? blog posted a link to a blog from a teacher in her area that was volunteering down in Haiti at the time of the earthquake and recounts as some of us hope we will never know in our lifetime, the horror, fear and panic of a country brought to its knees by a natural disaster. I strongly encourage you to take a look at it.
“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? ~ Edgar Allen Poe.
Today is the birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, his 201st. Fitting that in all this news of death and destruction, the writer who can make us shiver with his very words should celebrate a birthday. Last night, for the first time since 1949, the mysterious visitor that has for these last 61 years left cognac and roses at the gravesite of Mr. Poe on his birthday did not come. No one knows why although there is much speculation. Crowds of onlookers, illness, maybe even the visitor’s own death?
I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty. ~ Edgar Allen Poe
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe and the 160th anniversary of his death. This Sunday, in Baltimore, Poe will be given a proper funeral. When he died in 1849, his death was never announced, and only ten people attended his funeral. His tombstone was destroyed before it could be placed on his grave and he was libeled in an obituary written by a bitter enemy. This Sunday, however, he will be given a proper funeral attended by hundreds of people with recreations of eulogies given by friends and fellow writers and poets. A lifelike replica of Poe’s body has been created and he will lie in state for 12 hours before a recreated funeral will take place with Gomez Adams, actor John Astin, acting as the master of ceremonies. The funeral is an elaborate recreation in tribute to the famous poet which will take place in Baltimore at the church next to the graveyard where he was buried.
An article relating all the details of the twice sold out event is here.
For more information on Edgar Allen Poe visit the Poe Baltimore Museum site.