The Philosophy of Composition

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    literary work, which was a book of poetry, in 1827 at the age of eighteen, his real and greatest success came but in 1845 with the publication of his most famous poem “The Raven”. Due to the success that this poem brought him, a short-term financial stability enabled him to settle down in a respectable neighbourhood in New York, but although many praised him, there was a lot of criticism about his work, resulting in the emersion of numerous parodies. Because of the growing criticism, Poe decided to write an extensive piece of literary criticism that he named “The Philosophy of Composition”. This piece of literary art is an essay in which the theory of unity of effect was introduced and it will be used as a primary source while discussing the topic of this essay. The use of the unity of effect will be analysed in two of Poe’s famous short stories, “The Black Cat” and “The Tell-Tale Heart”. In his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” that was published in 1846, Poe presented an explanation about the process of composing “The Raven” which he also considered to be the formula for the creation of the literary work in general. Among the central ideas in his essay, that is, the Beauty, being the core of the poem, Originality and Truth, the unity of effect is what makes Poe’s works so distinctive, shocking and appealing at the same time. The idea of the unity of effect is roughly described as an author’s attempt of making the reader completely immersed in a work of fiction by…

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    In this essay, let's see how Edgar Alan Poe wrote his famous poem, The Raven. In The Philosophy of Composition, he shows the techniques and the plan he used in the writing of the poem cited above. First of all, he says that before the beginning of the writing, the writer must already have in mind the denouement, which is, according to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, the exciting last part of a story or play. In addition, he says that just with the denouement constantly in view…

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    There is a great deal of well-known poets that lived a very tragic life. There is a great deal of depth in many people’s poems. I personally believe however that one person in particular has suffered through tragedy throughout his life, and his poems are fun to read and decipher the true complex meaning behind the words. Robert Frost is an early twentieth century American poet, who in the poem, “A Late Walk,” wrote about complex social and philosophical themes set in rural life in New England.…

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    Tell Tale Heart, the insane story of a self assured sane man. This short story was published during 1843 by the eccentric author Edgar Allan Poe. In this short story, the frantic narrator diligently tries to convince the reader that he is a sane man, while providing contradicting details for his quest to murder an innocent old man. His reasons behind it? Simply because he is agitated by the old man’s eye and finds it distasteful. In this short story “The Tell Tale Heart,” Edgar Allan Poe depicts…

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    George R.R Martin, an American novelist, once said, “Love is madness and lust is poison.” Yet, the loss of the same love can oftentimes leave people in a state of anguish. In the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, the protagonist is trapped in melancholia after the loss of his wife Lenore. The author uses two gothic conventions; decay and emotion to manifest the main character’s madness driven by grief. The gothic convention of decay demonstrated how sorrow prompted the protagonists’…

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    “The Raven” is a poem expressed in the form of a story that the author, Edgar Allen Poe, uses an amazing combination of symbolism, imagery, and wordplay to display the love and supernatural aspect that correlates to the deaf of the man’s love, Lenore. These elements help support the theme. The theme of “The Raven” is the sadness and grief that is brought along when a love one is lost eternalized and can never be fixed. The symbols are in the form of objects and figures. The imagery in the poem…

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    Subjectivity Another characteristic of dark romanticism found in "Ligeia" is subjectivity. All Poe's stories were written in the first person narration. Poe's way to shorten the distance and to get closer to the reader is by using first person voice. When the distance is close, the reader get all events and information from the narrator. So, the only source of information presented was by the narrator . It is impassible to considers the work not subjective since it built on the…

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    Edgar Allan Poe’s stories all have some type of mysterious setting that makes the reader read in between the lines and decipher the meaning. His stories also incorporate a great deal of violence and sinister acts, which adds a grimness to each story he tells. “The Black Cat” is a true work of literature that incorporates a hidden meaning in the story with the use of sinister violence. In this particular story, the narrator’s use of the first-person point of view, symbolism through the…

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    The “Grandfather of Goth”(Semtner) Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809. He was born into a family of performers, causing a lot of traveling. However, at the age of three both of his parents had died of tuberculosis. A tobacco merchant names John Allan adopted him, now his new family accepted Poe as their own and gave him everything. Soon, his new family moved to London and Poe studied in England. After returning home Poe grew a love for writing, he was inspired by a poet…

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    The Raven Literary Analysis I would like to do a literary analysis of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, which is considered one of the best poems in the history. Main character is the narrator, who is not further described except fact that he lost his beloved Lenore, and the raven. Even though the raven is just an animal he plays an important role in the poem. It is a short story about the person who is the narrator and is trying to find out if he will see Lenore ever again. Answer to that is…

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