who is "Guy de Vere"?

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In Lenore, Poe mentions a Guy de Vere. Does anyone know if this is a fictional character or a historical one? If he is based on reality, who was he?


-- Anonymous, November 29, 1999


I have been trying to find out the same thing, if you have an answer, please send it to me ASAP! Thanks! -Carla P.S. you would happen to know about the reference to the "Stygian river" or "peccavimus," would you?

-- Anonymous, February 12, 2000

As for Guy de Vere, it is thought to have been an aristocratic name that means "true"

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2000

Not too sure who Guy de Vere is but The Stygian Rivier is the river in Greek mythology that the dead will pass over before they enter the underworld.

-- Anonymous, June 14, 2000

The Stygian River is a river from Greek mythology known as the River Styx. It is said that the spirits of those who died have to pass over the river to enter into Hades to reach either the Elysian Fields or Tartarus. Hope that helped. Have a nice day! :)

-- Anonymous, April 30, 2001

There really was a Guy de Vere, but I can't remember the reference. Poe's contemporaries were equally irritated by the vague reference chosen all too obviously for its poetic sound effect and by his other erudite quotes as well. De Vere a fictional character in some lesser known book? Check out a really in-depth commentary or biography.

-- Anonymous, May 02, 2001

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