Edgar Allan Poe wrote in 'The Philosophy of Composition', 'I asked myself - "Of all melancholy topics, what, according to the universal understanding of mankind, is the most melancholy?" Death - was the obvious reply. "And when", I said, "is this most melancholy of topics most poetical?" ... "When it most closely allies itself to Beauty": the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.' Discuss.