The poet announces that Elizabeth says in vain that he should not love her. She should remember that Endymion died when told not to love Luna.
Elizabeth [Herring], persona.
Nothing is earthily drossy about this wandering star, called Al Aaraaf. All is sweet and flowery here, for the goddess Nesace; it is the place where the idea of beauty sprang into birth. Its flowers dropped from heaven. Nesace sings to the spirit of that terrible, fair place in the sky and submits to its will. God then hints that the earth's time has run out and orders Nesace to leave her crystal home to bear His light elsewhere. The scene now shifts to a moonlit mountain peak, where gorgeous architectural columns and sculptured cherubs are in evidence. Musically rushing wings sweep forward. In the hall Zanthe appears. Then Nesace sings charmingly of bluebells and streamers, and wild, tufted flowers, and of blessed love which lulls some to dreamy rest, unmindful of duty. She calls upon beautiful Ligeia to speed away to springs and lakes on star-isles, and awaken dreamers there with harmonious song. Now is expressed the thought that the final ecstasy of a satiated life is mortal death, far from heaven's eternity and yet also far from hell. For example, a couple were once too busy listening to their beating hearts to hear heaven's message. They were bright, angelic Ianthe and her dreaming, gazing lover Angelo, who tells his dear Ianthe that he spent his final night on earth near the glowing Parthenon and how he half wishes that he were among men again. Ianthe wonders why, since this region is brighter and love is here. At this, Angelo laments that as he left the earth it seemed to reel into chaos
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Publication information: Book title: Plots and Characters in the Fiction and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Contributors: Robert L. Gale - Author. Publisher: Archon Books. Place of publication: Hamden, CT. Publication year: 1970. Page number: 1.
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