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The Raven and the Philosophy of Composition

Edgar Allan Poe

Book Overview: 

Poe’s famous narrative poem and the author’s reflections on its composition.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .peared; and “robbed of his bay leaves in the realm of poetry,” he is to be “crowned with a double wreath of berried holly for his prose.”

The Philosophy of Composition. The Philosophy of Composition

Charles Dickens, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says—“By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’ backwards? He first involved his hero in a web of difficulties, forming the second volume, and then, for the first, cast about him for some mode of accounting for what had been done.”

I cannot think this the precise mode of procedure on the part of Godwin—and indeed what he himself acknowledges, is not altogether in accordance with Mr. Dickens’ idea—but the author of “Caleb Williams” was too good an artist not to . . . Read More

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Poe rivela le fasi che hanno portato alla stesura della poesia "Il corvo". Prima di tutto l'autore confessa che sia in prosa che poesia tutta la composizione è "studiata", come se seguisse un calcolo matematico.
Nel caso de "Il corvo" l'iter seguito è il seguente: stabilire lunghezza, gli effetti da

“The Raven” and the Philosophy of Composition or Why Edgar Allan Poe is a Genius.

De los indispensables para aquellos que tienen interés por la escritura. En este ensayo, Poe, con una sutileza increíble, descompone el proceso de escritura y lo divide en 10 preceptos que son, a mi parecer, aplicables a las obras de casi todos los escritores de cuentos.

Un buen título para iniciar c

This "book" is really just a brief essay and a poem, but the poem is world-famous and the essay was surprisingly influential for many decades, so it deserves to be in print as a thing in itself.

I read this as a youngster, then again when I was in college, and because I've recently been seeing severa

"In the essay The Philosophy of Composition, Poe proports to demonstrate how he wrote The Raven and how it should be read, as well. He claimed that many people would stop him and ask, 'Why, Mr. Poe, how did you write the The Raven?' This [essay] was his answer. Whatever the reason for its creation,

Leyendo La Filosofía de la Composición es mucho más clara la estructura moderna del cuento universal, dejando de lado la gran deuda del cuento latinoamericano, ya que en sí toda la literatura está en deuda con esta forma de escribir.

El Cuervo. ¿Qué más se puede decir de El Cuervo? Poema hermoso, son

Ενδιαφέρουσα μετάφραση της κυρίας Πολίτη σε μια εν γένει καλόγουστη και περιποιημένη έκδοση από την -πάντα υπέροχη- Άγρα που συνοδεύεται από συλλογή εικονογραφησεων άλλων εκδόσεων, καθώς και από το δοκίμιο του Πόου περί φιλοσοφίας της σύνθεσης του.

Εκπληκτικό και μεστό!

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