Monk chanting with kittens - Photo by Rob Kroenert. Kroenert wrote: "A monk chanting in a monastery near Nyuangshwe, Myanmar (Burma). I didn't see the kittens at first - they only popped up when they heard the sound of my camera.
The red sunlight symbolizes the mass amounts of blood spilled during the war. It is not clear what war Poe is referring too, however at the time of the writing of this poem both the war of 1812 and the wars of Spanish American independence were under way.