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This paper discusses Edgar Allan Poe's philosophies about structure and narrative for poetry and short stories, based on his essay "The Philosophy of Composition." Two poems and two short stories are used as examples of Poe's various methodologies for writing compelling and string literary works, including "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
From the Paper:"In Edgar Allen Poe's essay, "The Philosophy of Composition," published in 1850, the author described the purposes of and methods needed to construct both poetry and prose writing. Poe preferred an approach to writing that borders on the mathematical, relying on a precise and orderly routine through which he composed his works. He insisted that all good writing begin with the idea of the dAfA(c)nouement, or climax, of the work, in order to construct the rest of the poem or story around this moment (259). He then layered multiple language and plot devices on this climax, moving backwards to the start of the composition. For Poe, the rationale behind..."
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