Thursday, October 14, 2010

Poe's Hos


It's "Ladies' Night" here at Tunes of Doom, and we'll take a brief gander at the girl Mr. Poe married. I say "girl" because she was thirteen at the time.

Virginia Eliza Clemm and Edgar Allen were married back in 1835, when you could get away with stuff like that. She died at 24 of tuberculosis. Maybe, he had some influence on her. Here's one of her poems:

Ever with thee I wish to roam —
Dearest my life is thine.
Give me a cottage for my home
And a rich old cypress vine,
Removed from the world with its sin and care
And the tattling of many tongues.
Love alone shall guide us when we are there —
Love shall heal my weakened lungs;
And Oh, the tranquil hours we'll spend,
Never wishing that others may see!
Perfect ease we'll enjoy, without thinking to lend
Ourselves to the world and its glee —
Ever peaceful and blissful we'll be.

There's no doubt that she had an influence on him. Besides the mysterious "Lenore" from "The Raven" and the eponymous "Annabel Lee", Poe had a bit of a hang-up for the dead girls.

Ed Sanders - "To Helen"

Jeff Buckly - "Ulalume"

Gavin Friday - "For Annie"

Dr John - "Berenice" (this one is a bit long)

Teeth, man. That just freaks me out.

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