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19 Jan 2009


José Ángel reminds us that today is the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth and recommends us this website with ideas to host a 'Poe party'. In the first step for the organisation of that type of party, they suggest sending an ivitation for a 'Masque of the Red Death' celebration. This is a 'Youtube window' to the ball for those interested in the party (I'm not attending it, I'd rather re-read the story)

Baltimore, where Poe died, celebrates this event with a different programme and our 'relative' in Blogger, The Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial includes a list of events in different USA places.

Another way of celebrating the day may be reading one of his poems, for example, this one, 'A Dream Within a Dream'.

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

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