January is the month of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday; January 19th, to be exact. Poe lived from 1809 until late 1849, making him 40 years of age when he died--premature by today's standards. Yes, I did say "premature!" Having this thought reminded me almost immediately of Poe's short story entitled, The Premature Burial. I read this story for the first time in college, but decided to read it again to refresh my recollections of it.
It was as horrific as I remembered it to be, but definitely worth the time to read it. I believe it tells a lot about Poe; more, perhaps, than most of his other works. The quote I used for my project today will not be unfamiliar to a Poe enthusiast, yet easily absorbed by the new follower. It is from The Premature Burial and appears on the inside of this card.
"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?"So, to you, Mr. Poe, a belated Happy Birthday! I can't help but wonder what he might think, at the age of 206, looking at the efforts of our group today struggling still to understand his work.