horror in poegreenspun.com : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread
How does Poe define horror in his works? ex: (in The Raven, or Fall of the House of Usher)
-- Anonymous, September 29, 2000
Typically, Poes technique was to use the first person narrative in many of his tales in order to heighten and focus understanding in the reader for the agony, the fear, the dread, the revulsion or the despair and desperation felt by the narrators character.
The emotions and feelings conveyed in The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher are significantly different even while the method remains essentially the same and regardless of the fact that one is a poem and the other a story. Clearly, the rhythm and the resonant refrain of Nevermore in the poem is much more effective but both are excellent examples of Poes unequaled command of the English language.
-- Anonymous, October 03, 2000