My Favorite Poet is Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe has been one of my favorite poets ever since I received has a gift a very fine book of all of his poems and short stories. It is a beautiful leather covered book with gold leaf writing on the cover, it’s one of the best gifts I ever received. Although in his time he was better known has a editor and critic and not for his poems or short stories, I think his poems and short stories were far ahead of their time and that is why they only had a small following of people interested in reading them. The only poem that ever brought him some fame in his life time was The Raven, which he did enjoy . But like most great poets his fame and success only came many years after his death. He was never in his life time a rich man or in his death either. But yet today some say he is one of the great master writers of his time. Edgar Allan Poe wrote fifty-eight poems, and twenty-nine short stories in his life time. Poe’s life and death is entwined with much mystery and speculation and a lot of it was false and written by a man named Rufus Griswold who had it in for Poe after Poe gave his writing a bad review.

Some fascinating facts about Edgar Allen Poe

He joined the army under the name "Edgar A. Perry."

He was only paid nine dollars for his poem "The Raven."

It is said that Poe and his wife enjoyed playing games on the lawn in the afternoon, and their favorite game was leapfrog. Well one afternoon playing leapfrog Poe split the seat of his pants and was very embarrassed, but his wife just had a fit of laughter over it all.

He loved the fame "The Raven" brought him, and some even called him The Raven has a nickname. Also Poe would play this little game with some of the kids who would walk behind him flapping their arms and making sounds like a raven. He would turn suddenly and staring at them all saying Nevermore, which sent all the kids running away.

Even though he is now considered a genius of gothic horror, science fiction and detective stories, Poe wasn’t exactly happy with those expressions. He said he just wrote stories and poems he thought the people would enjoyed.

Poe was taking in by a foster family when he was young but never adopted by them.

After ordering a headstone for Poe’s grave it ended up being destroyed in a train accident.

To this day no one is sure what he die of.

He never in his life signed anything Edgar Allan Poe.

The Poe House and Museum
The Poe House and Museum
The garret room in the Poe House and Museum
The garret room in the Poe House and Museum

 

Since 1949, on the night of Poe’s birthday  someone has left on his grave a bottle of cognac and three roses, but no one knows who is leaving these things on Poe’s grave or why. It’s just another mystery  within the already mysterious life of Edgar Allan Poe. Several of the bottles of cognac that have been left at the grave side are kept at the Baltimore Poe House and Museum, if you are ever in Baltimore visit the home and museum of Edgar Allan Poe. It is a interesting   place to see where he lived and all his written works in the museum.

A markerThe Baltimore Poe House and Museum -
203 N Amity St, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA
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The Baltimore Poe House and Museum is located at 203 Amity Street in West Baltimore.

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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

This was and interesting read. I never knew those things about him. Fascinating stuff. Did I miss it in your story. What did he sign his name as?

He is one of my favorites also. Voted up awesome.

Thanks for sharing.

Sweet wishes Rhonda


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rhonda Waits nice to see you, and thanks for you nice comments . He always signed everything Edgar A.Poe see first picture .Glad you found it Fascinating and it's nice to know your a fan of Poe's has well !


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

It would be interesting to visit the museum Tom. There are interesting facts that I didn't know about him. He was one of my favorites also.


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

How cool that someone leaves him 3 red roses!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi carrie nice to see you, glad you found it interesting, and it is nice to know you are fan of Poe's has well, i didn't know that .


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi sherrylou nice to see you, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for you comments !


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twentyfive 5 years ago

Wow I've never heard these amazing facts about Edgar Allan Poe. Glad I found this :) My Aunt lives in Baltimore..would love to visit the museum someday ;) Awesome hub! I love poetry and Poe's works are interesting. Thanks Kash! :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi twentyfive nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this hub, hope you get to visit the museum someday . Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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TheOneWhoKnows 5 years ago from Croatia

I must agree with you. My favourite is Charles Baudelaire (french) he also uses Poe's style.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Kash, I see we are kindred spirits. Poe was a favorite of mine since I was a teenager. Loved the additional info...I never knew he was paid only $9 for "The Raven." Enjoyed this!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Hey there Kash. Very cool review. I had almost forgot about him until I saw this. Nine dollars, I didn't know that. His favorite game, leap frog, that is a cool fact. Great job Kash. You take care. AWESOME $ UP


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I am another Edgar Allan Poe fan. Thank you for the interesting information about him and about the museum. If I ever go to Baltimore I’ll certainly visit the museum. It was fascinating to read about the mysterious “gift” that someone leaves by Edgar Allan Poe’s grave each year.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi TheOneWhoKnows nice to see you thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Genna East it so nice to see you and it is so nice to see a lot of Poe fans, glad you found out something you did not know about him . Take care !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi AskAshlie it so nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub and found out some new things out about Poe, thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments !

Take care !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi AliciaC it so nice to see you and it so nice to know your are a Poe fan to, hope you do make it to the museum one day ! Glad you enjoyed reading it,thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments . Take care !


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Tom,

Loved this hub. Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Frost are my favorite poets. I used to do term papers on Poe back in my high school days. I didn't think he was the type to play leap frog. Who'd a thunk it. Thanks for sharing. Rated up, awesome, useful and funny!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo, glad to hear you are a Poe fan, thanks so much for you nice comments and to for stopping by.Maybe Poe's young wife turned him on to playing leapfrog .

Have a great weekend !


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Did not know there was a museum on him, such a great poet.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Christine nice to see you, that what makes Hubpages so great is when you visit someones hub there is a chance you may learn something you did not know before. Thanks for stopping by and to for your comments !


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

I've always love him too! You did a great job on this hub! Bravo!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi daydreamer thanks for your nice comments, it's nice to see you and to know you are a fan of his poetry !

Take care !


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lobonorth 5 years ago

I liked your Hub, and Poe. I think the short stories are great and intend rereading them since been thinking about them a lot lately.

Lobo


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi lobonorth nice to see you and thanks for your comments . Glad you enjoyed this hub and nice to hear you are a fan of Poe's . Enjoy rereading his short stories .


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this excellent Hub. Edgar Allan Poe took us into some deep recesses of the conscious and subconscious that had been relatively unexplored hitherto.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi James nice to see you, i think you are right when you say he took us deep into the conscious and subconscious, and maybe that's why many people of his time did not understand his poems. Thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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blondey 5 years ago

Very interesting article, kashmir, I enjoyed this. It's nice to know we don't have to be appreciated in this life, to know we are special and great!!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi blondey nice to see you, glad you found this hub interesting ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

Have a great weekend !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

I love Edgar Allen Poe's work. I loved reading his poetry in college. It always mystified me. Very interesting hub and I loved the fun facts about him.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin nice to see you, glad to hear you are a fan of Poe's and enjoyed this hub ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

Poe is my favorite too! Great hub.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mrs. Menagerie nice to see you, glad to hear your a fan of Poe's his poems are so awesome . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

I ABSOLUTEY LOVE EDGAR ALLAN POE, WERE BOTH CAPRICORNS AND WRITE VERY DARK POETRY, VOTED UP


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi cherrycrime nice to see you, glad to hear you are a Poe fan, glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the vote up ! It's always nice to see you have stopped by and thanks so much for your nice comments !


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 Great hub. Angie


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Angie nice to see you, so glad to hear you liked this hub. Hope you found out something about Poe that you did not know before. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 My fav. poem is the Raven..did you know he had a Black cat named Caterina. Angie


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend, yes i did, but just to let you know it is spelled like this Cattarina and i think his short story A Black Cat may have been written for his cat.And the Raven is my favorite poem has well.


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Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

I like Poe's short stories and have just started reading his poetry. I subscribe to the theory that his death was caused by being a victim of "cooping" where political gangs abducted people, forced them to get drunk and vote for their party member, and then had them change clothes and go back and vote again and again. The alcohol he was forced to drink much of, was too hard on him in his sickly condition and led to his death.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Eric nice to see you, yes i have read much of the same on how Poe died. It is such a shame that his poems were not appreciated in his life time .Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Briar-Rose 4 years ago from Niagara Ontario Canada

Excellent Post!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Briar-Rose nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub to be excellent and hope you found something you did not know about Poe,he was such a misunderstood man in his time. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Briar-Rose 4 years ago from Niagara Ontario Canada

Absolutely it did! Thank you for posting it! :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Briar-Rose nice to see you, so glad to hear you found something about Poe you did not know before, i always enjoy reading a hub that i can learn something new from more, those are my favorite hubs. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

This man as you said was far ahead of his time. It's a shame he wasn't given more respect while he was around. Great hub on a master writer. Voted up, awesome, and interesting :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Olde Cashmere nice to see you, yes it would have been nice if Poe had gotten more respect when he was a live but i guess people just could not understand him or his writings back then. Thanks for Voted up, awesome, and interesting ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Interesting Tom. I used to read way back about Edgar Allan Poe and I am so amazed how talented this man was.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. nice to see you, yes you are right he was a very talented man,to bad the people in his life did not appreciate it more . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. I enjoyed reading a poem he wrote that I think was about Bells. My older brother collected books, and Poe's work was among them. The Raven is really fantastic.

There have been many television movies about his stories. Actor Vincent Price was well known for playing parts in movie stories about Poe's classic works. Thank you for sharing the greatness of Poe. GBY my friend.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend stars glad to hear you are a Poe fan. I have see that movie with Vincent Price and enjoyed it. And The Raven is a favorite of mine ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I sure enjoyed Poe in grade school, in literature. That was some really fun reading fir kids. Great write. Up and sharing.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jackie my friend nice to see you, It is nice that you enjoyed reading Poe in school. Thanks so much for your vote up and sharing ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Thomas,

It would be so cool to visit the Poe museum! I have been a fan since discovering his work in 7th grade. I also have a collection of short stories which I treasure although it is a simple black/gray cloth cover rather than a leather bound beauty like yours. . I am a "morbiddy" and love the creepy gothic themed stories that get under my skin. " The Raven" is brilliant, and the third verse especially so aptly describes that"rush" that scary things bring to me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading- thanks!

My best,

Cat :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi cat so nice to see you and so glad to hear you are a Poe fan to. I have always loved anything he has written, i just think he was just so miss understood by the people of that time . The Raven is one of my favorites as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Poe has been my favorite since middle school. Such a master at psychological terror Good write up.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Cyndi10 nice to see you, yes you are right and many today think of him had a great gothic poetry writer . Nice to meet another fan of Poe's work . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

A great tribute to a great writer--I have loved Poe since I was young----


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey nice to see you, so nice to know another fan of Poe's work ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love Edgar Allan Poe';s work. It's a crime that he was only paid sevem dollars for "The Raven". It's one of his best.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, yes i agree with you that Poe got ripped off, but a poet's work is worth more when he is dead that when he is alive. Not fare but true . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

He is also one of my favorite poets and I love his short stories. It's interesting to read that the way he viewed his stories, was quite different from how most people view them. Voted up and interesting.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Insightful Tiger nice to see you, so nice to meet another Poe fan . He was a very fascinating and mysterious poet and man and his stories are such classics now . Thanks so much for the vote up and interesting ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the education regarding Edgar Allen Poe. Your book of his poems and short stories sounds beautiful. It is true of so many artists that their work commands much more money after they are long departed. I consider writing an art form just as much as painting or sculpture. Up votes and sharing.


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smcopywrite 3 years ago from all over the web

i have never had an interest in edgar allen poe and his dark side of poetry. though, after seeing the hollywood movie made recently into his life i gained a little insight from the film and gave him a second chance. i wonder if he would have been as famous if his life was not cut short? interesting share. i enjoyed it.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you, yes i agree with you i to think writing is just as much a art form has painting or sculpture. It is a shame that most poets never become successful when they are living . Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi smcopywrite nice to see you, I don't think Edgar Allen Poe would had been famous no matter how long he lived, most people back then just did not understand his poems and thought he was crazy. Thanks so much for the interesting and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Hi Tom, what a fitting tribute you've written to one of the masters of the macabre and horror. I always find myself feeling so heart sorry for this genius of the pen but I'm sure that wherever he is now, perhaps he is enjoying at long last the fame that he deserves.

I think what I love about Poe is the way that he taps into the hidden fears within all of us and twists and turns them to an almost unbearable pitch! The mark of his genius is of course that his poetry and stories are just as pertinent today as they were in his own day - its just a pity that more of his contemporaries didn't notice.

I love mysteries and the gifts put on his grave has always intrigued me.

A Wonderful and fascinating hub + voted up and shared!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Helen nice to see you, I don't think that there has been any poet that was famous when they were alive. I think what you said that his poems "tap into the hidden fears within all of us", may have been a reason many back then did not like Poe's poems or short stories. Nice to hear you found this article wonderful and fascinating. Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Classic is Classic, is Classic!

A great writer who has entertained so many of us for so long.

DON


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Don nice to see you, nice to hear you enjoyed this article on Poe. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting write up here on your favorite poet a wonderful thought here

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