L for Ligeia
Lydian Ligeia didn’t last
would she have given up forbidden wisdom
in exchange for lyterian?
Allan gulps in lypemania
as she sleeps underneath the earth
where a lychgate stands
even in her lysis she lies lyncean
– Hazel, Stasia Desiderata
Ligeia is a story about female beauty, intelligence, human mortality and opium-induced hallucinations of resurrection, by Edgar Allan Poe. Trust Poe to weave brilliant tales out of his drunken episodes. Now we have film adaptations as well as moments of literary luxury listening to his genius, The Conqueror Worm.
In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream – an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumber… (source)
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