I would love to have lunch with Edgar Allan Poe.
I went to a lecture by Poe's distant cousin, Dr. Harry Lee Poe, a few weeks ago in Virginia Beach. In that lecture Dr. Poe stated the observation that few poems have had as much influence on the world at large as "The Raven." As he put it, what other poem could you begin to quote and expect a room with a hundred or more people in it to finish?
"Quoth the raven…. 'Nevermore.'"
My favorite verse from "The Raven"…
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked upstarting –
Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'"
I would love to ask Mr. Poe what his absolute favorite genres were, favorite authors, favorite people in general.
What he thought about religion without having to piece together comments & letters would be nice too…although I'm not sure HE knew what he thought about religion – specifically Christ.
He did say "A strong argument for the religion of Christ is this — that offences against Charity are about the only ones which men on their death-beds can be made — not to understand — but to feel — as crime."
I'd also like to know what, were he living present-day, he thought about the progression of the mystery genre. I'm sure he'd enjoy movies, given that both of his birth parents were in acting…or maybe I'm wrong. I have so many questions I could ask Mr. Poe!
Well, he continues to be my favorite author. I doubt that will ever change.
Is there someone you would love to have lunch with..?