Poe Poem #8 - Bridal Ballad

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Poe Poem #8 - Bridal Ballad

Unread postby Liz » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:19 am

Another one that isn't what you might expect from the title. But it's what I have come to expect from Poe.


BRIDAL BALLAD

by Edgar Allan Poe
(1837)

The ring is on my hand,
And the wreath is on my brow;
Satin and jewels grand
Are all at my command,
And I am happy now.
And my lord he loves me well;
But, when first he breathed his vow,
I felt my bosom swell-
For the words rang as a knell,
And the voice seemed his who fell
In the battle down the dell,
And who is happy now.

But he spoke to re-assure me,
And he kissed my pallid brow,
While a reverie came o'er me,
And to the church-yard bore me,
And I sighed to him before me,
Thinking him dead D'Elormie,
"Oh, I am happy now!"

And thus the words were spoken,
And this the plighted vow,
And, though my faith be broken,
And, though my heart be broken,
Here is a ring, as token
That I am happy now!

Would God I could awaken!
For I dream I know not how!
And my soul is sorely shaken
Lest an evil step be taken,-
Lest the dead who is forsaken
May not be happy now.


-- THE END --
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Unread postby Glendaleigh » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:32 am

I've never read this poem, Liz. I need to take another look at my volume of collected Poe.

Very spooky, so appropriate. I thought at first it might evoke the Corpse Bride for me, but instead I thought of zombies and potions and spells.

How haunted Poe must have been. If I went to my dictionary, I think I would find Poe's picture for the defintions of melancholy, manic depressive (or is called something else these days?) and drug-addicted.

I wonder if he would have been a writer if his life had been different?

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Unread postby Liz » Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:01 pm

Glendaleigh, if you are interested, here's the link to the new site of Poe's works that I found a couple of days ago.

http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/poe/poe.html
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Unread postby Glendaleigh » Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:08 pm

Thank you, Liz! That's a terrific site!

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Unread postby gilly » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:00 pm

Very Corpse Brideish....Is the bridegroom meant to be death? It makes you wonder if Poe was ever truly happy,he was so pre-occupied with death :-/
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Unread postby Liz » Sun Oct 30, 2005 11:16 pm

Good points to consider, Gilly. I really don't know about the groom being death. I'm a bit out of my league here, with Poe, and poetry is not exactly my forte; but it seems like a plausible theory to me.
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