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'Annabel Lee' by nine9nine9 'Annabel Lee' by nine9nine9
...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...

Excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee"

Complete poem: [link]


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When Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Virginia ("Sissy"), his third cousin that he married when she was 13 and he was 27, coughed up blood while playing the piano, it set in motion a series of events.

Virginia five years later died of the "consumption" illness the blood on her tissue had foretold, sending Poe into a new tailspin of drug and alcohol abuse that led, ultimately, two years later, to his death, but not before he penned what most Poe historian's consider both an ode to his wife and one of his greatest works -- "Annabel Lee."

Poe's "mad genius/tormented soul" stereotype was no doubt brought on, at least in part, by Virginia's death.

Adding to the mystery and lore of Poe, no doubt, is the "Poe Toaster" -- an anonymous fan of his who since 1949 on the anniversary of Poe's birthday has placed three red roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on his grave.

(In my artwork you will notice the cognac bottle is empty; my way of saying that if Poe could, he, no doubt, would finish off the bottle, lol.)

On Jan. 19, 2009 -- the bicentennial celebration of Poe's birth -- consider hoisting a toast (be it with water, wine, milk or cognac) to Poe, one of our greatest writer's whose works and "mad genius/tormented soul" lore continues to live on.

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This is my entry for the Edgar Allan Poe contest on DA sponsored by Redsigns: [link]

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Easybeeze-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008   Photographer
Thanks for using my stock! Looks great!! :D
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for having some great photos to choose from, and also for the faves!
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Easybeeze-Stock Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008   Photographer
Aww, thanks! Your welcome as well!! :D
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great work! Thanks for using my stock! :hug:
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AilinStock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I love that poem.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, it is one of my favorites.
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