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  • POEM: Dazed by Brian Routh (11/27/2005 5:23:00 PM)

    Brian,
    As if Virgil had tossed Dante before they got started, this poem had me laughing, as though even Hell didn't want him treading through its gates.
    as always,
    Anastasia

  • POET: Edgar Allan Poe (3/15/2005 5:22:00 PM)

    I mistakenly used several devices on my keyboard and it translated as an error in Baudelaire's statement on Edgar Allan Poe. It should read:
    In his case every introductory passage quietly draws you in like a whirlpool. His solemnity takes the reader by surprise and keeps his mind alert. Immediately he feels that something serious is invovled. And slowly, little by little, a story unfolds in which all interest depends on an imperceptible intellectual deviation on a bold hypothesis, on an imprudent dose of Nature in the amalgam of faculties. The reader, seized by a kind of vertigo, is constrained to follow the author through his compelling deductions. Baudelaire,1856

  • POET: Edgar Allan Poe (3/15/2005 5:15:00 PM)

    The significance of this poem is Poe's masterful rhetorical devices which created a role for the reader to enter. In 'A Dream Within A Dream: Poe scripted the reader to slip inside his imagined world. By using first person narrative, Poe, gently led the reader into the role of 'I'. The 'I' invites the reader to open their imagination, their memories and insights of loss and despair. By breaking the distance between the page and the reader's gaze, Poe scripted the 'I' to be universal.
    Read Charles Baudelaire's comments on Poe. He connected with Poe's genius. This is from Baudelarie: In case every introductory passage quietly draws you in like a whirlpool. His solemnity takes the reader by surprise and keeps his mind alert. Immediately he feels that something serious is involved. And slowly, little by little, a story unfolds in which all interest depends on an imperceptible intellectual deviation on a bold hypothesis, on an imprudent dose of Nature in the amalgam of faculties. The reader, seized by a kind of vertigo, is constrained to follow through his compelling deductions. (Baudelaire,1856)

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