We are told this incident takes place in December and that the narrator had been reading in order to forget about his lost love, Lenore. Stanza 2 provides background information.
See Important Quotations Explained Summary An unnamed narrator opens the story by claiming not to remember the circumstances in which he met his beloved, the lady Ligeia.
Although he fixates on her rare learning, her unusual beauty, and her love of language, the narrator cannot specifically recall how Ligeia became his love object. He does speculate, however, that he first encountered her in Germany, where her family lived in an ancient city on the Rhine.
He is confident that Ligeia spoke frequently about her family, but he does not believe he ever knew her last name. According to the narrator, Ligeia is tall, slender, and, in her later days, emaciated. She treads lightly, moving like a shadow.
Though fiercely beautiful, Ligeia does not conform to a traditional mold of beauty: Among her physical features, only her brilliant black eyes rival her hair.
They conceal the great knowledge and understanding Ligeia possesses and shares with the narrator. The narrator relishes his memory of her beauty but loves her learned mind even more passionately.
She has guided him, during the early years of their marriage, through the chaotic world of his metaphysical studies.
As time passes, Ligeia becomes mysteriously ill. On the day of her death, she begs the narrator to read a poem she has composed about the natural tragedy of life. The poem describes a theater where angels have gathered to watch the mysterious actions of mimes, which are controlled by formless, outside presences.
Suddenly, amid the drama, a creature intrudes and feeds on the mimes.
With the close of the poem, Ligeia shrieks a prayer about the unfairness of the tragedy and dies. He soon marries again, this time to the fair, blue-eyed Lady Rowena Trevanion of Tremaine.
In this bridal chamber, the narrator and Lady Rowena spend the first month of their marriage. During that period, the narrator realizes that Rowena does not love him. At the beginning of the second month, Lady Rowena, like Ligeia, becomes mysteriously ill. Although she recovers temporarily, she reveals a hypersensitivity to sounds and an unexplained fear of the gold tapestries, which she fears are alive.
Sitting by her bed, he watches her drink a glass of wine, into which mysteriously fall, according to the narrator, three or four large drops of a red fluid.
The narrator is unsure of his observations because he has recently smoked opium, to which he has become addicted during his second marriage.
Three days later, Rowena dies, and on the fourth day, the narrator sits alone with her corpse but cannot keep his mind from the memories of Ligeia. A second round of moans ensues, and the body reveals more color.Edgar Allan Poe, son of Actress Eliza Poe and Actor David Poe Jr., born 19th of January , was mostly known for his poems and short tales and his literary criticism.
He has been given credit for inventing the detective story and his pshycological thrillers have been infuences for many writers worldwide. Summaries of Edgar Allan Poe Stories.
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