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Edgar Allan Poe wrote a poem about the 2013 Chiefs

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

From the FanPosts -Joel

This week, as I’m sure you already know, the Chiefs have a bye week. Obviously, much of the attention on this site is focused on (1) the upcoming game against the Broncos and (B) the lack of national respect we’ve been getting. Now, there’s plenty of people writing posts about those things, and I figured- I don’t need to write another post just echoing what other people are saying. So I decided to sit back, relax, and crack open a big book of poetry. Unfortunately, if I thought I was going to be taking a brief vacation from the Chiefs, I was wrong. What should I see when I turn to the works of Edgar Allan Poe? A poem that was clearly written about the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs, even though it was written nearly two hundred years ago (1829, to be precise).

Poe was a writer who thrived on the mysterious and evoked a dramatic, almost creepy emotional response in his readers. Upon the first reading, you may feel like it carries a depressing, pessimistic viewpoint. But Poe hid the true meaning underneath all of those lines of sadness and confusion. It may be tough to catch on to all the references to this year’s Chiefs team, but trust me, nearly every line contains one.

The full poem:

"Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been

As others were—I have not seen

As others saw—I could not bring

My passions from a common spring—

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow—I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone—

And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—

Then—in my childhood—in the dawn

Of a most stormy life—was drawn

From ev’ry depth of good and ill

The mystery which binds me still—

From the torrent, or the fountain—

From the red cliff of the mountain—

From the sun that ’round me roll’d

In its autumn tint of gold—

From the lightning in the sky

As it pass’d me flying by—

From the thunder, and the storm—

And the cloud that took the form

(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view—

Now, it’s not perfect, but you have to give Poe a little leeway. A lot of things can change in 200 years that he might not have taken into consideration. As for those that still haven’t caught on, I’ll break it down line-by-line for you:

From childhood’s hour I have not been / As others were

The Kansas City Chiefs, from the beginning of the season, have not had a team that performs like other teams (defense over offense, etc)

I have not seen / As others saw—I could not bring / My passions from a common spring

Very similar meaning to the first line and a half- the Chiefs see the game differently than other teams. For example, they don’t panic in the fourth quarter. And as Chiefs fans, we don’t get excited about aerial displays and high-scoring games; we’re content to be the loudest stadium of the NFL on the basis of a defense with six return touchdowns and an abundance of sacks

From the same source I have not taken / My sorrow—I could not awaken / my heart to joy at the same tone

Chiefs fans don’t have any sorrow because they haven’t lost yet. As for the rest, well, see the previous line.

And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—

The Royals aren’t playing anymore. Sporting’s got just a few games left at most. The Chiefs are all Kansas City fans have left to love at this time of year- the Chiefs alone.

Then—in my childhood—in the dawn / Of a most stormy life—was drawn / From ev’ry depth of good and ill

These are some tricky lines to analyze within the theme of the Chiefs. Most scholars agree that Poe’s intention was to suggest that the 2013 season would be only the beginning (dawn) of a stormy period for the rest of the AFC West. "The good" has to refer to the Chiefs and teams like, for example, the Colts who have done the Chiefs a favor by beating the Broncos. "Ill" probably refers to the Oakland Raiders, what with the state of their team and stadium. It could also apply to the Buccaneers, but they aren’t in the same conference, so it probably doesn’t.

The mystery which binds me still—

Sources suggest the "me" is actually a shortened form of "media," which makes a lot more sense because the media is so confused about how the Chiefs are undefeated.

From the torrent, or the fountain—

Kansas City: The City of Fountains.

From the red cliff of the mountain—

Red. Isn’t that obvious? It’s probably referring specifically to the steep sloped seats in Arrowhead stadium, which, when filled, can seem to form a red mountain, although I’ve never heard that analogy before.

From the sun that ’round me roll’d / In its autumn tint of gold—

This refers to how the Chiefs had initially been scheduled to play afternoon games for the rest of the season, until the game against the Broncos in Week 11 was flexed, and the sun rolled around the earth a little bit more that game.

Now the last few lines all refer to the other teams in the AFC West, and how the Chiefs will break away from the rest of the division.

From the lightning in the sky / As it pass’d me flying by—

The San Diego Chargers

From the thunder, and the storm—

The Denver Broncos- lots of hooves can make a sound similar to thunder

And the cloud that took the form / (When the rest of Heaven was blue) / Of a demon in my view—

The Oakland Raiders (a demon in our view, for certain). I’m not sure why it says "the rest of Heaven was blue," but then, according to evidence I just made up, Edgar Allan Poe may have been colorblind.

Even the title and poet refer to the Chiefs:

"Alone": Alone on top of the standings, that is.

Edgar Allan Poe: Probably isn’t related to Dontari Poe, but hey, you never know. For the purposes of this post we’re going to say that there’s a chance the two are distant cousins, many times removed.

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So there you have it. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a poem about the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs way back in 1829. Given his apparent ability to prophesy the future, you can’t blame him for possibly turning to alcoholism- the city in which he spent the later part of his life has a team named after one of his poems- (the Baltimore Ravens)-, and they just lost to a team from Cleveland, which has to be hard for any of their fans to take, much less someone who had to live with knowing about it almost 200 years before it happened.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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