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In the beginning of E.A. Poe's book "the fall of the houseof usher", he sayd the qoute "His heart is a suspended lute; as soon as he touches it, it resounds". What does this qoute mean and how does it relate to the story?

-- Anonymous, September 16, 2002


Whatever else it ties in with his early poems like "Asrafel". The primal poem of the angels can be matched by the poetic heart, that if only it could be a stringed lute it would rival the angels. Pure artistry at its core inspiration and power. Usher is trying to confront/escape his destiny through art alone. Unfortunately his fears get into the music and strike his heart as well just as art, doom and the Fall collide with the return of his sister from the grave. Harmonious beyond the orderly classical arts, and typified in the paintings, books and discussions Usher has with his guest.

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2002

"Israfel" excuse me! I need more sleep. The late Thomas Mabbott is great for delving into these references in the book on poetry or tales.

-- Anonymous, September 19, 2002

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