the marriage, the trio made a unique family household and stuck by each other through financial hardships and personal tragedies. When Virginia died in 1847, Poe and Muddy remained together in their cottage in The Bronx.
Poe's appreciation for Muddy was expressed in a sonnet published on July 7, 1849 in Boston's Flag of Our Union newspaper.
"To My Mother."
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you—
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,
In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.
My mother—my own mother, who died early,
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
By that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.
*The image of Maria Clemm is courtesy of the Edgar Allan Poe Society (http://www.eapoe.org), the absolute best resource for Poe on the internet.