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Imagery in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe...

Because Poe is the original master of detective fiction and horror stories, Poe's imagery and setting evoke a chilling and supernatural background against which the events take place. Poe is very vivid in his descriptive diction to help better portray the trrifying imagery-

 

"He shrieked once --once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him. I then smiled gaily, to find the deed so far done. But, for many minutes, the heart beat on with a muffled sound. This, however, did not vex me; it would not be heard through the wall. At length it ceased. The old man was dead. I removed the bed and examined the corpse. Yes, he was stone, stone dead. I placed my hand upon the heart and held it there many minutes. There was no pulsation. He was stone dead. His eve would trouble me no more."

 

- The Tell-Tale Heart

 

In Poe's "The Raven" his vivid spooky imagery is portrayed through his use of detail-

 

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-

For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-

Nameless here for evermore.

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