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Poe Ligeia

Posted by wkarrer on December 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM

The story seems to me a simple transformation of "Undine" by La Motte Fouqué, itself a reworking of a common folklore type of the two wives. Poe just replaced the water spirit Undine by an astral spirit Ligeia, and adds the psychological dimension of a (possibly) deranged narrator, which undermines the fairy tale qualities preserved in "Undine."

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