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Extra info for An Edgar Allan Poe Companion: A guide to the short stories, romances and essays
The name Sarah Anna Lewis is concealed within the poem, and can be read by combining the first letter of the first line with the second letter of the second line, and so on. Cf. 'A Valentine'. EULALIE-ASONG. Poem [American, july 1845]. A hymn of praise to 'the fair and gentle Eulalie' and one of Poe's happiest creations. EUREKA: A PROSE POEM. A philosophical treatise published in New York [March 1848]. Poe, who evidently regarded 'Eureka' as the culmination of his life's work, stated in the preface that 'it is as a Poem only that I wish it to be judged after I am dead'.
An imaginary and highly circumstantial account of the crossing of the Atlantic by balloon. The story caused a sensation when first published in the New York Sun and the offices of the newspaper were besieged by crowds convinced the account was genuine. A BARGAIN LOST. See BON-BON. THE BELLS. Poem Uournal, April 1849], possibly suggested by Marie Louise Shew: Poe's last major poem, notable for onomatopoeia produced by insistent use of repetition. BERENICE. Short story [SLM, March 1835] Berenice and her cousin are brought up together in the same family mansion.
One thinks, for example, of Valdemar awaking from his mesmeric trance, of the dying Madeline Usher collapsing upon the body of her hapless brother, of the entry of the ape into the bedchamber of Madame L'Espanaye, of the climax of the masked ball in 'The Masque of the Red Death', of the nitre-encrusted catacombs in 'The Cask of Amontillado'. Herein lies his peculiar strength: the ability to convey in concise terms an image, or a series of images, with such clarity as to render the impression unforgettable.
An Edgar Allan Poe Companion: A guide to the short stories, romances and essays by J R Hammond