So, I've been reading some Poe lately, and ran across the metaphor "the narrow house" which he used in reference to a coffin. Ah, Edgar! So morose, so beautiful. What a fantastic turn of phrase!
The piece was about premature interment. It was one of his journalistic works in which he recounts a few famous cases of people being buried alive, and then recounts his own experience. Turns out Poe probably suffered from sleep paralysis if the narrative is to be believed. Though, I think there is some embellishment on his part to imbue some sensationalism. He was, after all, getting paid by the word.
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