I am in this week with another tribute to the Master of Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe in keeping with our bimonthly theme Monsters, Beasts, and Chimeras: Spooks and Spectres. Our lovely host this week is the beautiful Irene Latham from Live Your Poem.
While this poem is not as dark as, say, The Raven, which catapulted Poe to fame – I’ve always found this poem darkly whimsical. There is a gentle prodding, insistent wondering yet frenzied longing that seemed to require some kind of reassurance, a desperate plea for solace – yet, at the same time, it is also apart from this world, removed from reality.
I would always remember this poem as I used the last two lines from this poem during my 18th birthday celebration as I conceptualised my own doll-like debut handcrafted invitation with transparencies, handmade paper painstakingly textured with lace in a laborious manner, and “Is all that we see or seem/ But a dream within a dream?” I’ve always been Poe’s girl, seems like.
I took a photograph of the poem included in the anthology Steampunk Poe and edited it using an iPhone app. I hope you like the image, poetry-loving friends.