Poe has 5 rules to writing short stories and I need help applying one of them to Ligeiagreenspun.com : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread
One of his 5 rules to writng short stories is that the story must convey the Truth, so my question is what exactly is the Truth in the story Ligeia.
-- Anonymous, November 28, 2001
What is truth? In the sense of the French writers, the term "vraisemblance" or consistent plausibility applies in that the story is written as the observations of a narrator under the spell of his former love's will to endure. The truth that Poe means however is of a higher order, a philosophical, metaphysical Truth in this world and the next. That the spirit is immortal and endures is the core of the tale.
-- Anonymous, November 30, 2001