Thursday, January 20, 2011

Some Poe Fun

Now, for a little diversion from the norm on The Seventh Sola . . .

The news wires were abuzz this week with a tragic event at the grave of Edgar Allen Poe. The mystery man who has left roses and a half-consumed bottle of cognac at Poe's grave for years has not shown up for the past two. People are afraid that he might have died. Oh, there have been impostors that have shown up, but according to a person in the know, there is a secret sign the real visitor gives and a certain way of arranging the roses. Here's the story if I have whetted your curiosity.

As interesting as this all is, I am troubled by a deeper question. Why in the world was (and is) cognac being left at Edgar's resting place? Shouldn't it be a Cask of Amontillado? Fortunado would be highly displeased at the substitution, even if Edgar did have a taste for cognac. In fact, I think Edgar would have found it amusing, given his rather macabre outlook on things.

One more bit of fun. If you want a musical treatment of the legendary Poe story, here is the Alan Parsons Project song of the same name.

Quoth the Raven,"Never more!"

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