Poe's essay the philosophy of composition
concluding querythat query to which Nevermore should be in the last place an answerthat query in reply. 3: 14, line 8-9. Once this effect has been determined, the writer should decide all other matters pertaining to the composition of the work, including tone, theme, setting, characters, conflict, and plot. Charles Dickens, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of Barnaby Rudge, saysBy the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his Caleb Williams backwards? Introduction, edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American poet. 3: 14, line 2. The reader begins now to regard the Raven as emblematicalbut it is not until the very last line of the very last stanza that the intention of making him emblematical of Mournful and never ending Remembrance is permitted distinctly to be seen: And the Raven. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Had I been able, in the subsequent composition, to construct more vigorous stanzas, I should, without scruple, have purposely enfeebled them, so as not to interfere with the climacteric effect. It has an indisputable moral power in keeping concentrated the attention, and, of course, must not be confounded with mere unity of place.
Poe analyses the form as trochaic and the feet consisting of long syllables followed by short ones. 1.8 Versification At this point Poe gives us very rare information. This revolution of thought, or fancy, on the lovers part, is intended to induce a similar one on the part of the readerto bring the mind into a proper frame for the denouementwhich is now brought about as rapidly and as directly as possible. Moreover a tapping of the wings of the raven would raise the readers curiosity that the knocking is a message of the lover mistress. I have often thought how interesting a magazine paper might be written by any author who would that is to say, who could detail, step by step, the processes by which any one of his compositions attained its ultimate point of completion. The locale being thus determined, I had now to introduce the birdand the thought of introducing him through the window was inevitable.