Edgar Allen Poe: The Philosophy Of Meaning By Edgar Allan Poe

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Gabrielle Villanueva Dr Trevor Strunk EN103 Composition and Rhetoric I 22nd, January 2018 My Response to Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” in both his works of “The Raven” and “Tell-Tale Heart.” Edgar Allan Poe wrote an essay in 1846 called “The Philosophy of Composition.” He is an American writer famous for gothic poems and short stories of mystery, death, and loss of love. One of the main ideas in Edgar Allan Poe’s essay, is his strong belief that the emotion you cause in your readers is key to a great writing piece. He also explains that good writers should keep their writings short, so it could be read in one sitting. That if you work hard creating a detailed outline with a conclusion from the start, perfect your writing and pull emotions from your readers through the setting and the “tone” of your words you have a recipe for a good piece of literature, music or art. Today my focus will be on Edgar Allan Poe’s theory of effect that comes forth in two of his known works. The poem “The Raven” and his short story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” My first writing of interest is called “The Raven,” published 173 years ago in 1845. He writes a poem about a young man who is rapidly losing his sanity due to the loss of his lover Lenore. Right from the start of the poem Edgar gives you strong emotions of freight, anxiety and a broken heart. Through the setting of the scene, the narrator builds suspense. The young man is alone, on a cold, gloomy winter night reading

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