By Patrizia Lombardo
Town is a vital subject matter of modernity in literature, structure, images and movie. This publication first specializes in ardent reactions to the metropolitan explosion within the nineteenth century, with Baudelaire and Poe as key figures. more moderen representations of town are then investigated, in Europe and the USA. Patricia Lombardo displays at the method within which the alterations in human notion created by way of urbanization are expressed within the a variety of arts, when it comes to shape and content material.
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By a contrivance now common, and indeed traceable to a very remote period of antiquity, they were made changeable in aspect. 92 What attracts Poe is artiﬁce, and not only in the interior decoration of old mansions. As we see in ‘The Domain of Arnheim’, even nature, or physis, is an artiﬁcial construction. Thus, the gardens in Poe’s tales are works of architecture realized according to a very precise plan. Mr Ellison reckons that even the happiness of human beings can be the outcome of a preconceived design.
The three tales were all written between 1843 and 1845. Nevertheless, while in ‘The Imp of the Perverse’ and ‘The Black Cat’ the prison cell from which the narrator speaks or writes is actually mentioned, in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ the place in which the narrator tells the story is not deﬁned, so that it could be the house where he committed the crime, or the court, or the prison, as if this tale were designed to represent an extreme case of the imp motif. In the three tales, the narrator remains nameless: ‘I’, in English, is a letter of the alphabet, a sound that appears in all sentences where the subject speaks about himself; it is a pronoun, a linguistic function.
I can choose my words but I must subject them to some rules, and bind them together according to syntax. Edgar Allan Poe 19 Words are akin to numeral symbols; they are not moral symbols. They are abstract, not spiritual, correspondences of Nature and God. A non-natural conception of language, such as Poe had, entails an investigation of anagrams, since these are a real linguistic game and show the ‘chemistry’ of letters and phonemes. Poe in fact built up a whole story around an anagram, ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’.