“Of all melancholy topics, what, according to the universal understanding of mankind, is the most melancholy?”

Death was the obvious reply.

“And when,” I asked, “is this most melancholy topic most poetical?”

From what I have already explained at some length, the answer, here also, is obvious — “When it most closely allies itself to Beauty: the death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world …”