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DIADEMS (For E.A.P.)

Night knows no stars (no stars that we may see!)
Neither diamond, nor snowflake, made crystalline--
Which can be said to bejewel the most florid Florentine.
How lace-like 'diadems' disperse through a satin sea:
Joyful, they flit, whilst nereids knit on Neptune's doily--


Who drowses, recumbant, upon a nacre throne.
To rouse from surf's slumber at my virtuous tone!
May the diatoms bequeath thee a phosphorous light
To see me as I save thee from thine awful plight.
(Into this dominion's depths dove I, alone,
To save thee, and see thee through thy pitiless plight.)

Let not thy trident be buried by driving dunes!
My lines--let three tines inscribe, on rhyming runes:
"I hath dreamt thee an Atlantean city...
Waved on, admiringly, by fluorescent anemone."
(Thera, rising ruined! Plato's sunken city...)

A portentous portal, Aegean gods all know.
Thus much I convey, so each mortal may know--
This, which was spoke by thine immortal Poe:
(Hero, whose words vanquished an immemorial foe.)

"There dwell no demons down under the sea!--
Forevermore, I bore them away--from thine and thee."

(c.2016. Twila-TDB.)
Inspiration and Regret
Edgar A. Poe is inspired to write "Ulalume"--with a tear in his eye.  My pencil illustration.

I was "inspired" by several persons and things, of course. I wanted something to represent Frances S. Osgood--a lyre, for her Poe tribute poem, "The Hand That Swept the Sounding Lyre"--and found, in a 1997 issue of Antiques Magazine, a music stand with a lyre...from Baltimore! Mine is slightly modified. That's Mrs. Osgood in the oval portrait, as painted by her husband Sam. Poe never possessed Frances' portrait--here, it is a vision. The next portrait is a vision of his wife Virginia by painter Thomas Sully, I believe--and seen in her uniquely framed mirror, the one Poe was said to have carried with him in his trunk to Richmond before his death. I had him place a rose in a clear bottle next to her mirror in remembrance. Poe bought Virginia a harp and thought her singing angelic; he often accompanied her on the flute. Poe's look is based on an 1847 daguerreotype made six months after Virginia's passing; "Ulalume" was written and published in 1847.

Music and poetry went hand in hand, according to Poe. Poe liked cats, flowers, and scrolls. The fancy chair is one he might have seen in a hotel or in one of the literary salons; the simple desk is similar to his own traveling desk. He did write "The Philosophy of Furniture", as you may know. Wainscoting, wide plank floor, and plain rug are courtesy of the cottage in Fordham--the little family's last residence.

Some more notes (if it pleases the boggled mind): The half-burned candle signifies something in his relationship with the "starry sisterhood"--the literary ladies of whom Frances was a member. This cost he and Virginia much suffering after "The Raven" made and broke him as a participant in the salons. Notice that he has arranged the desk closer to Virginia with it clearly planted on the rug--each a symbol of their quiet domesticity--and that the fanciful chair with it's "shield" back is turned from Osgood and her world, yet, by it's half-turned position, indicates that he is either conflicted about his presence in that society, or aspires to what he was brought into via the Allans, but was denied by fate and pecuniary circumstance.

So, no, these "symbols" were not random, but were "selected" to represent the underlying rationale beneath the surface of what Poe considered one of his best poems.
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To Memory
My poem, with an illustration by Eduard Von Steinle, entitled "The Lorelei".
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WorldofTIMZ Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday! Airborne 
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you much.
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!Hug 
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very velcome!!!Heart 
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themindisright Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanx for the fave!! :)
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ShadeOPale Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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