Words Have No Power

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes (Author of The Complete Stories and Poems). (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4624490.Edgar_Allan_Poe

Strangeness In The Proportion

There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.

Edgar Allan Poe Quotes (Author of The Complete Stories and Poems). (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4624490.Edgar_Allan_Poe

Nevermore

I had now gone so far as the conception of a Raven — the bird of ill omen — monotonously repeating the one word, ‘Nevermore,’ at the conclusion of each stanza, in a poem of melancholy tone, and in length about one hundred lines. Now, never losing sight of the object supremeness, or perfection, at all points, I asked myself — ‘Of all melancholy topics, what, according to the universal understanding of mankind, is the most melancholy?’ Death — was the obvious reply.

Far More Readily Attainable In Prose

Now the object, Truth, or the satisfaction of the intellect, and the object Passion, or the excitement of the heart, are, although attainable, to a certain extent, in poetry, far more readily attainable in prose.

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I Designate Beauty As The Province Of The Poem

Now I designate Beauty as the province of the poem, merely because it is an obvious rule of Art that effects should be made to spring from direct causes — that objects should be attained through means best adapted for their attainment — no one as yet having been weak enough to deny that the peculiar elevation alluded to, is most readily attained in the poem.

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The Sole Legitimate Province Of The Poem

Beauty is the sole legitimate province of the poem.

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore – Works – Tales – The Philosophy of Composition [Text-02]. (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm

A few words, however, in elucidation of my real meaning, which some of my friends have evinced a disposition to misrepresent. That pleasure which is at once the most intense, the most elevating, and the most pure, is, I believe, found in the contemplation of the beautiful. When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect — they refer, in short, just to that intense and pure elevation of soul — not of intellect, or of heart — upon which I have commented, and which is experienced in consequence of contemplating “the beautiful.”

Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore – Works – Tales – The Philosophy of Composition [Text-02]. (2020). Retrieved 19 January 2020, from https://www.eapoe.org/works/essays/philcomp.htm