Edgar Allan Poe 's Writing Theories Essay

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“Poe’s Writing Theories in his Works of Literature” In the essay “The Philosophy of Composition” by Edgar Allan Poe, he develops a theory about how to write a good work of literature. According to Poe there are three essential theories regarding the writing of literature: length, impression conveyed, and writing techniques. By analyzing Poe 's major points in his essay and applying them to his poem The Raven and Annabel Lee and his short story “The Tell Tale Heart,” it is clear that poe used his writing philosophies on his own works of literature. One major point in Poe’s essay is that it should be possible to read any literary text (except a novel) in one sitting. Poe once stated “If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression for, if two sittings be required, affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed.” In other words, Poe argues that if a person cant read a work of literature in a single sitting, which one generally can with a poem or short story, then the work is not worth reading. Poe incorporated this theory of composition in the poem The Raven by making it short. For Poe an individual poem should not be much over 100 lines. If it is longer than that its effect is lessened. The Raven is 108 lines long. Poe also made “ The Tale Tell Heart” a short read so “ the vastly important…

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