Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Raven: Spine Chilling, Thought Provoking


A Review 

Dark, gruesome and morbid with a generous spattering of madness, mystery and macabre, Edgar Allan Poe draws his readers into a world of intense gloom and horror in his compilation of short stories and poems in The Raven.

The book is a flavor of immense taste to anyone who derives enjoyment in anything that is dark and chilly.

While reading the book, you will traverse through a sepia colored world of doom and disease and the weighty descriptions of the desolate and the terrible will stir your imagination beyond limits.

For example, in his The Fall of the House of Usher, Poe plays into the imagination of his readers by describing the ‘mansion of gloom’ using adjectives such as ‘dull, dark, soundless and dreary.’ His descriptions such as bleak walls and vacant eye-like windows would also stand out in to the minds of a reader.

Poe also manages to fascinate his readers, to a great extent by experimenting with syndromes of hypnotism, the concepts of premature burial and the experiences of being sucked into the eye of a raging whirlpool.

His graphic descriptions in the book stand out to be one of the best among his contemporaries.

Poe could have inspired a generation of writers. He is not only a master of macabre but of mystery and suspense, of love and romance. The Murders in the Rue Morgue plays around the concept of the science of deduction, that which is manifest and evident in the later year works of Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes.

Poe becomes a romantic in his Legia. He describes how in ‘gradual progression’ he fell in love with the lady Legia. “Those eyes, those large, those dark orbs, they became to me twin stars of Leda and I to them the devoutest of astrologers.’

Poe is of the opinion that there is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in it. Perhaps he meant, beauty was imperfect and flawed but comfortable in its own being.

His poetry speaks of unspeakable gloom and melancholy with vivid descriptions of exquisite beauty.

For Poe, madness is something that gives him keen senses and improved judgment. Sanity is something he despises as he becomes ‘insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.’