Thursday, July 05, 2012

Day Nine: Baltimore

Today we braved the heat (brutal) and went to Baltimore to look at my friend's favorite writer's house and grave - Edgar Allan Poe. It's unfortunate that the Poe House has lost all its city funding; they're in some financial straits, but trying valiantly to make do. This sign on the way seems symbolical (and the guy looks like he's looking at the fallen man, doesn't he?):

danger - falling man!

Here's the house. Poe lived there before he moved to Richmond - and of course, he's buried here in Baltimore as well.

Poe house

Here's a rather recently discovered portrait of his wife Virginia, at 15 - the famous one is of her dead, but this one shows her living beauty

portrait of Virginia at 15

Why is this like a raven?

Poe's writing desk

A nice portrait of Poe

Poe portrait

A Gustav Doré illustration of the raven, sitting, never flitting, on the pallid bust of Pallas just above a chamber door

Gustav Doré illustration of raven on bust

A bust of Poe, with a wreath left at the grave

bust with wreath

And on to the grave! This is the church

Westminster church

Here is the original gravesite - it's the one where most of the tributes are left

original grave

raven on gravestone

And the newer memorial

new memorial

inscription on memorial

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At 1:48 AM, July 07, 2012 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

You should keep it up forever! Good Luck.

 
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