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Explication of Poe's Poems

             In personal appearance, Edgar Allen Poe was a quiet, shy-looking, but handsome man; he.
             was slightly built, and was five feet, eight inches in height. His mouth was considered beautiful.
             His eyes, with long dark lashes, were hazel-gray. Poe's brain, on the other hand, worked on a.
             different, more darker, wavelength than others. .
             Poe made many contributions to Western Literature. In fact, he wrote nearly seventy short.
             works of fiction. He is credited with creating the detective story genre and with transforming the.
             Gothic mystery tale of the Romantic Period. Poe developed a theory that he applied to both his.
             short stories and his poems. Its most basic principle was that in short fiction and poetry, the writer.
             should aim at creating a single and total psychological or spiritual effect upon the reader. The.
             theme or plot of the piece is always subordinate to the author's calculated construction of a single,.
             intense mood in the reader's or listener's mind. There are no extra elements in Poe- no sub-plots,.
             no minor characters, and no distractions (except those that show the madness of deranged first-.
             person narrators). .
             Ultimately, Poe took writing to be a moral task that simultaneously stimulated his readers'.
             mental, emotional, and spiritual feelings. Despite his surface simplicity, Poe's artistry can be.
             appreciated only when a reader explores his use of literary devices. .
             In "The Raven,"" the persona begins his tale in his home on a dark and gloomy December.
             night in this paraphrase: Once, during a dreary midnight, while I pondered, weak and weary, over.
             many amusing and peculiar forgotten folk tales, I fell sleepy, nearly napping (1-3). Suddenly, there.
             was a tapping, like the sound of someone gently rapping at my chamber door (3-4). "Someone's.
             here,"" I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door. That's all, nothing else.""(5-6). .
             I clearly remember, it was during a gloomy December (7). Each separate dying-out ember.

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