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Poe, evermore!

Today is the day Edgar Allan Poe, one of the greatest writers that ever lived and one of my absolute favourites, was found in a dishevelled and delirious state on the street, only to pass away a few days later.

music Updated: Nov 07, 2011 15:14 IST
Luke Kenny

Today is the day Edgar Allan Poe, one of the greatest writers that ever lived and one of my absolute favourites, was found in a dishevelled and delirious state on the street, only to pass away a few days later. This happened in 1849. But to this day, 162 years later, his influence in modern popular culture lives on, be it literature, art, film or music.

Allow me to point out a few musical influences.

‘Annabel Lee’, the last poem by Poe, has been used in songs by artistes like Frankie Laine, Jim Reeves and Joan Baez.

Luke KennyTales of Mystery and Imagination, a 1976 album by Alan Parsons Project used many of Poe’s stories as musical interpretations, such as ‘A Dream Within A Dream’ and ‘The Cask Of Amontillado’.

Artistes Marilyn Manson, Tangerine Dream, Iron Maiden and Cradle Of Filth among others have been greatly inspired by many of Poe’s works.

Many obscure metal bands like Arcana, Thrice, Odes of Ecstasy, Tristana, Belladonna and Omnia have used Poe’s works in their music and lyrics.

‘The Raven’, one of Poe’s most famous poems, is also his most interpreted, with artistes like Alan Parsons, Grateful Dead, Lou Reed, MC Lars, Blues Traveller and many others bringing in its aspects in their creative works.

I have space for only so much information, but the internet holds much more, so go ahead, seek… and be ignorant, nevermore… if I may say so.