Poe's concept of a "single effect" applies to short stories, and basically states that every element of a story should contribute to a single emotional effect of the story. This rule was important, because Poe was the founder of the short story, and this consequently became a foundational rule of the genre.
Poe had a number of different criteria that contributed to the single effect of the short story, explains PoeMuseum.org. He believed short stories should be able to be read in one sitting. This often contributes to the story's effect by allowing the reader to experience the complete effect of the story all at once, rather than leaving the story and having to regain the feeling of being in the story after coming back. His stories strove for a unifying emotion that draws the story together. Although Poe's effect was nearly always horror, other effects are possible. Poe also believed the effect of the story should be obvious and felt by the reader, even in the first sentence of the story. Finally, Poe aimed for truth in human behavior. He often wrote of bizarre and impossible-seeming events with little to do with reality, but he believed the human reactions to these events should mirror how people would likely react.Learn More
William Ernest Henley's lyric poem "Invictus" has as its theme the drive to thrive even when confronted by a difficult trial. In Henley's own life, his trial was facing tuberculosis as a young man; an infection caused him to lose one leg below the knee. However, when a similar infection struck his other leg, he sought the advice of a medical pioneer who saved it for him.Full Answer >
Two of the most timeless love poems, titled "I Love Thee" and "Wild Nights," were written by Eliza Acton and Emily Dickinson. Dating back to the 1800s, "I Love Thee" by Eliza Acton is a love poem that uses a rhyming pattern. "Wild Nights" by Emily Dickinson, an American poet, shares what biographers believe is a mysterious, romantic fantasy.Full Answer >
A dramatic situation in poetry is the underlying plot line that is created to place the characters in conflict with themselves or others. It is a literary tool that is used to force the audience to become emotionally invested in the poem.Full Answer >
Poems that utilize the grammatical principle of parallel structure include repetition of words or phrases to show that two or more ideas have the same level of importance. Parallel components in a sentence are grammatically identical or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter.Full Answer >