Poe's Use of the Five Senses in His Poetry

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Hi, I am writing a research paper on Poe's use of the five senses and imagery in his poetry as a tool to draw in the reader and involve them in the events. (I am sure there is something in this forum about it, but there are SO MANY different topics, and my brain can't process more then 1/8 of a thing at a time.) Anything you have to say on this topic will be greatly appreciated. Thank you kindly.

-- Anonymous, December 05, 2002


Sight and sound predominate, as they would in a dream. They are much more vital and common than other sensual detail especially for symbolism. However Poe madeone comment picked up immediately by Baudelaire that a color, for example can trigger a connection to another sense or emotion. Baudelaire's poem "Les Correspondences" details his understanding of this and is critical for the symbolist movement. You can find this in translation in various places online.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2002

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