Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Beast in the Cave: Influenced by Poe?

I see numerous references to Poe in the Beast in the Cave. From A Gordon Pym to The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade by Edgar Allan Poe, it smacks of Poe.

Here is one possible example.

"Hum!" said the king, again; but Scheherazade, paying him no attention, continued in the language of Sinbad.
"'Passing beyond this last island, we reached a country where there was a cave that ran to the distance of thirty or forty miles within the bowels of the earth, and that contained a greater number of far more spacious and more magnificent palaces than are to be found in all Damascus and Bagdad. From the roofs of these palaces there hung myriads of gems, liked diamonds, but larger than men; and in among the streets of towers and pyramids and temples, there flowed immense rivers as black as ebony, and swarming with fish that had no eyes.'"

The latter "no eyes" plays dominantly through the plot of Lovecraft's story.

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