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What is the style and interpretation of landor's cottage?

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2002


Somewhat like a tranquil opposite to the House of Usher. This is a romantic architecture of ideality in nature and man in everything Poe found powerful and desirable as a poet. Not all the descriptions of mist and fog, high mountains, etc. surrounding this rustic Shangri-La. No need for a story or poem since this is an absorption into the ideal, a mirror of happiness reflecting differently Poe's own reality. Note how specific Poe becomes in measuring and detailing this place unlike the Gothic tales where vague and unknown structures hem in fear and madness. What is vague is the location and how the place came to be, much like the afterlife or the future or some poetic dream.

-- Anonymous, December 08, 2002

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