The Philosophy of Composition

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  • Romanticism In Poe's The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

    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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  • Summary Of Edgar Alan Poe's The Raven

    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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  • A Comparison Of Cathedral And Edward Hopper's Room In New York

    Raymond Carver is one of the men accredited for reviving the contemporary short story genre. He was an excessive drinker and this shaped his stories along with the qualities of minimalism and dirty realism. Edward Hopper was an American painter that specialized in realism. Hopper’s artwork depicted the accurate, detailed, and embellished nature of contemporary life. Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” and Edward Hopper’s painting Room in New York both exhibit someone examining a…

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  • Cask Of Amontillado Syntax Analysis

    Edgar Allan Poe has become a vital figure in the world of literature based on his gothic short stories, Cask of Amontillado to The Fall of House Usher and Tell-Tale Heart, each unique in their own way as they have attracted more people to his books for over two centuries. In his short stories, Poe has shown numerous amounts of descriptive and unsettling imagery with different techniques, adding an eerie mood along with suspenseful syntax. Poe not only incorporates techniques such as unsettling…

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  • Superstitions Case Study

    Rationale and scope: - Why is something as beautiful as a black cat considered to bring bad luck? I remember this time, when I saw a band of children throwing stones at a cat, which was pitch black on the streets because of the belief that their parents have passed on to them, that black cats bring bad luck. Superstitions are irrational and I think a change must be made. The main reason why I am choosing this topic is because it is something that isn't spoken about on an everyday basis,…

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  • Realism In The Tell Tale Heart

    “The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, which a story that revolves around the vivid memory of the narrator’s calculated moves, from inception to the murder itself. The narrator bares his soul, and his strong sense of paranoia to justify his sanity, but in the end, confirms his ‘madness’ by the vile act of murder he commits. The narrator reveals the profound truth, of how untruthful and deceiving the human heart could be, and at the same time, how it can be…

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  • The Elements Of Gothicism In Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

    An air of gloom, anguish and despair, with a hint of melancholy and a feathery apparition haunting the mind of a young scholar who is burdened by bereaved love and has secluded himself behind his chamber door, in a room full of bittersweet memories. Such is the work of Edgar Allan Poe, specifically, that of The Raven. Published on the 29th of January 1845, The Raven instantly became a hit and Poe’s most famous work. Oftentimes when discussing the gothic genre, many may immediately think of Poe,…

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  • Critical Analysis Of The Hungry Stone By Rabindranath Tagore

    “The Hungry Stone” is a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore Which is a translation of the Bengali version “Khudhito Pashan” that was published in his book of short stories “Galpoguchcha”. Rabinndranath(1867-1941) and his many-sided achievements are incredible. He is a writer, a great thinker,an artist,a great musician and an orator of extraordinary power. With his god-gifted genius his leviathan bulk of writing and his universal appeal make him global. He got Nobel Prize for his book…

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  • Characteristics Of Edgar Allan Poe As An Unreliable Narrator

    Poe’s Narrators/ Unreliable Narrators In Edgar Allan Poe’s stories there sometimes tends to be an unreliable narrator in the story. We can see that in his 3 stories “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “That Black Cat”, and “The Cask of Amontillado”. Those stories show characteristics of an unreliable narrator. We can mostly see it in “The Tell-Tale Heart”. Everyone of Poe’s stories has a gruesome and traumatic ending which add on to that insane and unreliable sense. In “The Tell-Tale Heart”, the narrator is…

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  • The Tell Tale Heart And The Landlady

    Compare and Contrast Essay: "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl Both short stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Landlady” by Roald Dahl are gothic, mysterious stories. The authors (of both stories) make the stories exciting for the reader due to the tension and suspense they create. There are some clear differences between the two stories, but also some similarities. In “The Tell-Tale Heart” the narrator is the main character in the…

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