2018 Summoning the Divine Spring Series


2018 Summoning the Divine Series

The Spiritual Side of Edgar Allan Poe (1808-1849)

Fall is Harvest time and Halloween--even in our beloved Florida.  Spooks and goblins and mystery.  How appropriate to welcome the mind and art of Edgar Allan Poe! All of us know something about Poe, but you’re in for a surprise. I’ve been fascinated by the misconceptions about Poe, about works by him I didn’t know, and by the breadth and influence of his writing. Poe was huge influence on musical composers (Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy) and is the creator of detective fiction, science fiction, and the horror-supernatural story.  He wrote love poems and a substantial discussion of God and the universe.       

  • A clever Valentine Poe's wife wrote to her husband and Poe's loving response.  She died from tuberculosis 3 years later at age 24.  
  • 3 Poe short stories:  the little-known Imp of the Perverse and the well-known  Pit and the Pendulum and Fall of the House of Usher. 
  • Poe's creative poem about the angel, who will announce Armageddon.
  • The magnificent short poem Eldorado that Poe wrote not long before he died.
  • And selections from Poe's prose poem Eureka in which he explores the nature of God and the Universe.  After finishing Eureka, Poe declared:  "I have no desire to live since I have done Eureka.  I could accomplish nothing more."  Ironically and tragically, Poe who was engaged to his childhood sweetheart and preparing for marriage, died several months later under strange circumstances.
  • The first session: PDF and Word 
  • The second session: PDF
  • The third session: PDF


Our next poet (January, February March, 2019):  The Remarkable T. S. Eliot, Nobel Prize Winner and Ardent Anglican.

Last Published: January 16, 2019 3:26 PM