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.