All posts tagged as Edgar Allan Poe

28Apr

Awesome acrobats

The violence ( The Rue Morgue ), 2019

Edgar Allan Poe’s novelette ‘The Murders of the Rue Morgue’ tells the story of a heinous and absurd crime.

Inexplicable.

But if you pause to examine the whole issue with a bit of attention, you will discover that the real subject around which the entire story revolves is the concept of ability.

First clue.

The murderer and Mr Dupin both possess the skills of an acrobat: one on the physical level and the other the mental one.

ON THE RAZOR’S EDGE

We can discover many other mirror elements between the murderer and Dupin, proceeding with caution.

Second clue.

For example, a razor is an object you can use to kill fiercely, but that simultaneously can turn into the symbol of the exceptional investigative mind’s ability to solve such a complex case.

Sharp thoughts, sharp as a razor.

MOVE FURTIVELY, INSTINCTIVELY

The murderous monkey and the investigator also share the indispensable ability to move with extreme agility.

Third clue.

They are instinctive and know how to displace the opponent.

They are extraordinary, both uncontrollable.

EVERYTHING, ONLY FOR ONE GAME 

Fourth clue.

Poe talks about chess, checkers, and card games in the long opening preamble.

All these games, to varying degrees, involve elements such as attention and calculation.

The orangutan kills for fun, and Dupin solves the case for fun.

Two different games or the same game?

STRENGTH, STRENGTH, STRENGTH

The brutal one that sows death.

The relentless force of reasoning, smooth as glass.

IN THE END, WHO WINS?

With these clues, we have irrefutable proof of Edgar Allan Poe’s originality, of his unbridled and sublime imagination.

It wins above all else.

Until next

Daniela


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21Apr

The usher of the Usher House

The mistake( The Usher house ), 2019

The dwelling for humans is not just a place made of brick, concrete, wood or palm leaves.

The house for men is not just a shelter.

House is home, as an inner place that is part of us.

Pretend for a moment that you can never go home, or if you never have again the opportunity to buy a new one.

Something in you would be lost forever.

THE BEAT OF A BREATHLESS HEART

I had a sudden insight on the way to Damascus: love on a shoestring.

One home and one eternal love, Mr Usher.

A big heart, even if it’s sick, beats for you.

DIFFERENT GEMINI: INCESTUOUS LOVE

A twin is always an alter ego.

Each of us has one twin (almost always invisible to the eye) who is born with us.

And even though he’s different from us, we love him madly. Maybe we love it even more.

And if your twin is one real sister in flesh and blood, the relationship is naturally incestuous.

Dear Mr Usher, it’s inevitable.

DEATH MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL

And finally, we have to deal with the farewell ceremony, Mr Usher.

Even if Madeline is sick and dying, you will always see her as the most desirable and beautiful woman.

To say adieu is a secret art that few people know.

Thus it’s easy to panic and makes fatal mistakes.

STIFLED BY SILENCE

You bury her with your pain, fast, as fast as possible.

Maybe too fast.

Because love cannot be buried.

We can obliterate the past, but the past never forgets us.

And because of the hurry, Madeline remains there, in her coffin, waiting for you in the empty dark house, in the silent crypt.

EVERYTHING IS ASH

Then you just have to wait.

You are feverishly awaiting the whole to decay naturally, the house and the crypt.

May everything turn into ash, so light and impalpable that you can’t hold it between your fingers.

And Madeline will tenderly accept your roses as a symbol of eternal love.

Until next

Daniela


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14Apr

A feeling of infinite dreary

Nevermore ( The raven ), 2019

The first days of June, the end of spring.

Light clothes and scented nights

We have known each other recently.

Communication between us is like a raging river, despite the age difference (he could be my father).

We communicate even when we don’t speak, looking deeply into each other’s eyes.

The night surprises us sitting on a bench.

Suddenly I am overwhelmed by a feeling of infinite sadness for the poignant beauty of the fleeting moment.

I’m 19 and still can’t understand exactly what I feel.

HAMMERING WORDS

He immediately perceives what I am feeling.

He looks at me, takes a deep breath, and recites me a poem.

I am still a young student, but I also have a solid literary culture.

It is an unusual poem, one that I can never forget.

He bewitched me. He and his poetry.

A river of words hammers my ears and mind – ‘ wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before ‘.

THE RAVEN is a narrative poem of love and death.

LET’S MAKE LOVE

He is a unique person.

He loves ‘after’ like ‘before’ and is never in a hurry while he makes love.

He caresses me, and he calls me ‘my little dove’.

He tells me that he feels a deep sense of peace after making love with me.

But that night, another bird was evoked.

That same raven, black as night.

THE LADY IN BLACK

It is no coincidence that from that moment, the colour black became for us a symbol in our communications, a sort of message in code,

and it is always present in our most intimate and secret life.

Even after 40 years.

Even now that he is dead.

Black is an intensely erotic colour.

I always thought it was (at least subconsciously) also for Edgar Allan Poe.

His literary women always end up, dressed in virginal white, inside a black coffin sooner or later.

Black remains a colour always in fashion and is perfect for women’s lingerie.

FLY AWAY WITH ME

That poem sealed the beginning of a story that will never end.

Even in the darkness of the grave, on the wings of a raven.

NEVERMORE (WITHOUT YOU)

I believe that love is not a feeling at all.

Most people call love what passion, affection, tenderness, and projection of their own desires for possession and redemption is.

Less frequently, it is also a feeling of esteem and profound respect.

In my experience, love is a state of being:

I ‘became love’ because of that person, and I discovered that I am no longer who I was before.

Love means turning into a different, completely new person.

And being cannot vanish, fade into thin air.

So, do you seriously think love can end?

Until next

Daniela


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07Apr

Close your eyes

The vision( The spectacles ), 2019

What is the magic hidden behind our closed eyelids?

No, it’s not just the dark. There is the whole immense universe of the imagination.

A parallel world, one of the infinite possible worlds.

THE WEAKEST OF ALL SENSES

Do you ever wonder why a work of art strikes you, catches your attention or upsets you?

For example, everything Edgar Allan Poe wrote strikes me;
and it is not only the sublime ability to write or the bold originality of the topics of his stories and poems.

What fascinates me is that sense of fragility and weakness that can be grasped in all his work and life.
This is why I decided to dedicate one artistic project to him ( The Awfulness majesty ).

I am a visual artist, and sight is the sense I mainly use. But sight is also the weakest and most vulnerable sense.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT AND / OR LOVE IS BLIND

The title ‘The glasses’ struck me immediately because it seemed too ordinary and not very disturbing to be a Poe story.

Another bizarre love story, a passionate and lightning-fast love, AT FIRST SIGHT, will run an unexpected path due to a weak vision problem.

So love can also arise from an ‘oversight’: but always remember that you will see the fireflies as lanterns if you don’t wear glasses.

WITH WHAT DO WE SEE?

With the hands.

With the mind.

With the heart, because ‘the essential is invisible to the eye’ (Antoine de Saint Exupery).

So without the eyes, you can create images.

THE UPSIDE-DOWN IMAGE

Artistic creation is a challenge.
It is like the solution to the riddle of the Sphinx, with the difference that the question that the artist asks himself each time at the moment of creation can have infinite answers.

Therefore, the clear artistic vision can be an image that contains (as in the old photographic practice) a ‘film positive’ and a ‘film negative’ generated simultaneously in the camera.

The charm of glasses lies in the fact that they often reveal realities that we don’t want to see; they are bearers of a clear vision that disturbs, confuses, and scare us.

After all, I also love blurry images a lot.

Until next
Daniela


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