well adapted to inspire the supremeness of bodily and of mental distress,
as is burial before death. The unendurable oppression of the
lungs—the stifl ing fumes from the damp earth—the clinging to the
death garments—the rigid embrace of the narrow house—the blackness
of the absolute Night—the silence like a sea that overwhelms—
the unseen but palpable presence of the Conqueror Worm.
From “The Premature Burial” by Edgar Allan Poe, 1850