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The Edgar Allan Poe Corner



The Lost Lenore, by William Max Miller

 

THE CONQUEROR WORM.
by Edgar Allan Poe
 

LO ! 'tis a gala night
    Within the lonesome latter years !
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
    In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
    A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
    The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
    Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly
    Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
    That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
   Invisible Wo !

That motley drama oh, be sure
    It shall not be forgot !
With its Phantom chased for evermore,
    By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
    To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
    And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout
    A crawling shape intrude !
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
    The scenic solitude !
It writhes ! it writhes ! with mortal pangs
    The mimes become its food,
And the angels sob at vermin fangs
    In human gore imbued.

Out out are the lights out all !
    And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
    Comes down with the rush of a storm,
And the angels, all pallid and wan,
    Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
    And its hero the Conqueror Worm.


  


 

    This page is dedicated to one of my favorite poet's and writers, the great Edgar Allan Poe. From time to time, I will be changing the poem displayed on this page. The photo to the right of Poe's portrait above shows Poe himself lying in state.  A recent theory proposes that he died of hydrophobia after being bitten by a rabid animal, perhaps a cat.

 

 

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Edgar Allan Poe Collectibles!

Here you will find unique and charming items like Poe bookends,
an Edgar Allan Poet doll,  and Edgar Allan Poe-Pouri, which
comes in a tiny coffin with the figure of the dead poet himself
in eternal repose.

Poe's Death

The Poe Decoder

Visit The House of Usher!

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

A Poe Webliography

 

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