Descent into Real Life

Very busy this week, but thankful to Amateur Reader for reminding me of one of my former favorite Edgar Allan Poe stories, which I had completely forgotten the existence of. (Yes, that worries me too.) “Descent into the Maelström” really does have some of Poe’s best descriptive writing”—and it’s sea-related, too!

Here the vast bed of the waters, seamed and scarred into a thousand conflicting channels, burst suddenly into phrensied convulsion—heaving, boiling, hissing—gyrating in gigantic and innumerable vortices, and all whirling and plunging on to the eastward with a rapidity which water never elsewhere assumes, except in precipitous descents.

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