Thursday, January 19, 2012

Poe Toaster Says, "Nevermore"

This morning Baltimore's "Poe Toaster" failed to appear for the annual tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. Hardy bystanders waited in anticipation for the familiar figure to leave roses and Cognac on the author's graveside.

Each year news media and avid Poe fans camp outside the gates of Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. Each hoping to get a glimpse of the mysterious person, who himself has become a local legend.

This tradition of honoring the poet with gifts began in 1949, and continued until three years ago.

When the "Toaster" first failed to appear everyone realized this might be the end of a major Baltimore event.

With the passing of today's milestone, the Baltimore Poe House and Museum curator believes the "Poe Toaster" has laid down his mantle.

Farewell, mysterious friend! Thank you for all the years of excitement you gave the city of Baltimore.

Excerpt from "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
published 1845

"And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still
is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that
is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his
shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating
on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!"

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