What is the tone of "The Sleeper"?

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-- Anonymous, October 16, 2002


Somnolent. With a growing sense of unease and warning surrounding the vulnerable peace of the sleeper, held almost in an ideal stasis of preserved memory. Curiously, her vulnerability on the edge of permanent decay is more disturbed by other ephemeral things "pale ghosts" and a better refuge would be the finalpassage to heaven(something Poe believed but was less sure of, considering he too was haunted by memories that would not pass on or let go him in this world). Increasingly the tone becomes more distubed and elss idyllic, the prayer and fear becoming the somber oppressionof innocence now locked in darkness(as opposed to the open natural springtime idyll in the beginning. So Princess Aurora in the end he WOULD prefer safely buried, even in the melancholy vaults he decribes.

The other alternative as in "Ligeia" is as terrible aprospect as it was impossible.

-- Anonymous, October 17, 2002

You have NO idea how helpful that was... much thanks.

-- Anonymous, October 17, 2002

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