did Poe have a motto/creed/slogan?????

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did edgar allen poe have a slogan or motto that he used a lot??

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2003


The mottos most often associated with Poe come from his stories (& thus do not necessarily reflect his point of view):

(1) "Nemo me impune lacesit." [Latin: No one attacks me with impunity.]---From "The Cask of Amontillado," a tale of revenge.

(2)MELLONTA TAUTA [Greek: "These things are in the future," Originally from Sophocles' "Antigone."] Poe used this, a favorite phrase of his, as the title of a futuristic tale. It's a part- satiric, part-sci-fi speculation on---well--everything--- technology, politics, society, philosophy, the universe, New York City, etc.

2 quotes often cited by biographers, from Poe's letters: A) "To be controlled is to be ruined." (Re. his wish for complete artistic control.)

B) "Love, fame, the dominion of intellect, the consciousness of power, the thrilling sense of beauty, the free air of Heaven, exercise of body and mind, with the physical and moral health which result--these and such as these are really all that a poet cares for."

-- Anonymous, September 15, 2003

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