Mighty Red Pen

January 19, 2008

Quoth the raven . . .

Filed under: Lit review,Word wars — mighty red pen @ 3:56 pm
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. . . Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe.

Since 1949, a mysterious visitor has left cognac and roses at Poe’s grave at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. Like some kind of literary Punxsutawney Phil, the “Poe toaster” made his annual appearance on January 19.

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For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.



  1. I’ve always suspected the mysterious visitor was the guy from Dateline NBC’s “predator” show ready to arrest Poe for marrying his cousin the day she turned 14 (he was 26). No, that’s awful — a different time, a different standard. I love you, Edgar.

    I had an awful date once at the museum of his birthplace in Philly, where my uninterested (in Poe, smart alecs) companion dragged me out the door.

    Comment by Helen's Dad — January 19, 2008 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  2. I keep waiting for two people to show up at the grave.

    My son, age 9.75, asked me about “quoth the raven,” so I actually looked the poem up, and read it to him, and deciphered some of the vocabulary.

    It’s not as eerie as I thought it was supposed to be.

    Comment by TootsNYC — January 22, 2008 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  3. Eek! There’s chilluns reading MRP!

    Hmm — I dunno, you must have been thinking something pretty bad cause I think it’s pretty darn eerie . . .

    Comment by mightyredpen — January 23, 2008 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

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