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Quotations From EDGAR ALLAN POE

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  • 51.
    To see distinctly the machinery—the wheels and pinions—of any work of Art is, unquestionably, of itself, a pleasure, but one which we are able to enjoy only just in proportion as we do not enjoy the legitimate effect designed by the artist.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "Marginalia 266," Southern Literary Messenger (1849). reason vs. Passion.

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  • 52.
    In the tale proper—where there is no space for development of character or for great profusion and variety of incident—mere construction is, of course, far more imperatively demanded than in the novel.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "Marginalia 273," Southern Literary Messenger (1849). Stressing form over psychological realism.
  • 53.
    I am above the weakness of seeking to establish a sequence of cause and effect, between the disaster and the atrocity.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "The Black Cat," United States Saturday Post (1843). Poe satirizing his penchant for self-justification.
  • 54.
    How much more intense is the excitement wrought in the feelings of a crowd by the contemplation of human agony, than that brought about by the most appalling spectacles of inanimate matter.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The narrator, in "Metzengerstein," Saturday Courier (1832). The aesthetic of terror.
  • 55.
    "As for myself, I am simply Hop-Frog, the jester—and this is my last jest."... The Work of vengeance was complete.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "Hop-Frog," The Flag of Our Union (1849). Humor and violence in the aesthetic of vengeance.

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  • 56.
    The painter stood entranced before the work which he had wrought;... he grew tremulous and ... crying with a loud voice, "This is indeed Life itself!" turned suddenly to regard his beloved:MShe was dead!
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. repr. "The Oval Portrait." "Life in Death," Graham's Magazine (1842). Life sacrificed for art's sake.

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  • 57.
    A lunatic may be "soothed,"... for a time, but in the end, he is very apt to become obstreperous. His cunning, too, is proverbial, and great.... When a madman appears thoroughly sane, indeed, it is high time to put him in a straight jacket.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The superintendent of the asylum, in "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," Graham's Magazine (1845). On rebellion in the madhouse.

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