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The Philosophy of Composition notes.docx

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The Philosophy of Composition, is an essay that Poe wrote in which he discusses how he crafted his poem 'The raven' according to his methods of focusing on order and beauty (aesthetic). Writing backwards: Every plot must be elaborated to its denouement. The denouement must be constantly in view. Commencing with the consideration of an effect: Of all the effects or impressions of which the Heart, Intellect and Soul is susceptible, which will I select? Having chosen (1) novel and (2) vivid effect, can it be wrought by incident or tone? With combinations (peculiar or ordinary) of tone or incident, to aid in the construction of an effect. Extent: Work must not be too long, thus it must be read in one sitting (unity of impression). Thus, decide on the proper length for the intended poem. There is a distinct limit (length). Brevity must be in direct ratio of the intensity of the intended effect. Choice of impression (effect) to be conveyed: Rendering the work universally appreciable must be kept in mind. Beauty -> providence of the poem Beauty= pleasure that is the most intense, pure, elevating: found in the contemplation of the beautiful. Thus, not a quality but an effect; intense pure elevation of the soul. Effects should spring from direct causes. Antagonistic to beauty: Truth: satisfaction of the intellect, Demands precision.
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