With Halloween 2009 approaching our doorsteps - hands out for chocolate treats or else - it seems that a timely rhyme isÂ onÂ my Gather menu today in honor ofÂ those who join me in a lifelong pursuit of reading the works, macabre and otherwise,Â of Edgar Allan Poe.
Known as the Father of the Modern Detective Novel, Edgar Poe's life and death are shrouded in dark mysteries which have proven difficult to budge into the light of fullÂ understanding, so after the carnage of my rhyminess, you'll find a link toÂ a recent article concerning the Astrology of poet Poe's life and death.
Several links are provided in the article including one to Gather's own Peter Wimsey's photo journal feature on his visit toÂ one of America's Poe Museums in Richmond.
So even if you don't speak 'astrologese' you may gain a few insights into the enduring mysteries surrounding Edgar Allan Poe and his ultimate demise under what some believe were suspicious circumstances.
Okay, turn down the lights and let me get out my quill pen to splotch a few lines of - An Ode to Readers of Poe:
While reading Edgar Allan Poe
you get so darned depressed you know
a feeling rather odd and craven
lights upon you like a raven
Back to tell-tale heartsÂ once more
to find what frights they have in store
yon fireside makes a cozy haven
drink your tea with ribloflavin
Better disregard this rhyme
not worth a nickel or a dime
in lifeÂ Poe made no money either
nowÂ i'll stopÂ and take a breather.
JC 10.6.09Â 4:38 pm edt
An image of Poe's 'death chart' is displayed within the post - Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 is the 160th anniversary of his death (1849); natal chart details are included;Â article links concerning the annual andÂ mysterious 'Poe Toaster' are provided as well. jc