But what I truly love about this time of year is opening the barrister bookcase and removing my old hardback copy of The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe. Any other time I start reading Poe, my friends worry because they think he dwells too much on death. Yes, he refers to death but his writing makes you think. There is sorrow but also a deeper more powerful feeling of hope.
Take Annabel Lee for example. While Annabel Lee was taken from the narrator…he believes in his heart that no matter what the world throws at them…their love will outlast everything. Even death.
In The Premature Burial, Poe gives examples of different conditions which have resulted in someone being buried alive. It is almost a scientific study and yet you feel the dismay and desperation of each person who wakes to find oneself entombed. And by the end of the essay you are left with the message that you can study something to death. Life needs to be lived to the fullest.
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