Analysis Of The Poem ' The Poetic Principle ' By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edward Estlin Cummings is known for his unorthodox style of writing English. During his lifetime, Cummings incorporated his unique structure and style into his poems. He became popular because his poems were viewed as brilliant due to his outside the box thinking for his era. Edgar Allan Poe another great writer and poet, had his own definition of poetry, and how it should be interpreted. Poetry unlike narratives and fiction does not have a distinct meaning. It is the reader’s choice to interpret the moral of a poem from what is given to them in the text. A general definition for Literary Theory is the description of underlying principles. There is no right or wrong answer when reading poetry. The subject is opinion based. In “The Poetic Principle” an essay by Edgar Allan Poe, is where he gives his definition of Literary Theory. His description “I hold that a long poem does not exist,” means that a poem shouldn’t have to be a certain length, but long enough for the reader to enjoy. A poem earns its title by elevating the soul. A poem loses its entertainment value after it has been read for longer than a half hour. The structure of a poem should include meter, rhythm, and rhyme. Overall, a poem should be “The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty”. Beauty causes more enjoyment for the reader each time the poem is read. He also includes that poems “should inculcate a moral,” and shouldn’t be written just for poem’s sake. A distinctive characteristic in E.E.…

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