1. Keating’s Bells Inspired Poems of Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe‘s house was actually located in the Bronx, about a mile away from Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus. The bells University Church ring every Sunday at 11 am, 11 times to signal the start of a service. Supposedly, Edgar Allen Poe was friendly with the Jesuits and was often on the Fordham campus, then called St. John’s College. Fordham’s bells are said to have inspired Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Bells”: “Hear the tolling of the bells- Iron bells!” A plaque (above), located on the side of University Church, explains the history behind Edgar Allen Poe’s inspiration.
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