Poem Commentary The Tell-Tale Heart is actually an epic poem, which was written by Edgar Allen Poe

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John BarberEnglish: Mrs. HaywardNovember 14, 2011Poem Commentary“The Tell-Tale Heart” is actually an epic poem, which was written by Edgar Allen Poe. An epic poem is similar to a regular poem, except usually much longer, and a little like a short story with a deep meaning. Knowing Edgar Allen Poe’s sick, insane yet genius personality, it’s fair to say that you can really dig into “The Tell-Tale Heart” and come up with a lot of meanings and symbols. Because this is an epic poem, it is extremely long, and I can only pick apart the richest and juiciest segments of it, like imagery, theme, mood, figurative language and more.        Right from the start the poem is unusual. It’s written as if it were being spoken on the spot of the action. The speaker is fumbling with their words, speaking with speed and confidence, but then slowing down in hesitation. For instance when Poe writes
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“TRUE!—nervous---very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my sense—not destroyed—not dulled them”, you get the feel that the character in the epic poem is eager, and anxious yet hesitant, and slightly fearful of consequences. He also argues with himself, more signs showing that the character really is mad. Especially because he clearly states that the old man he was preparing to kill had never wronged him in anyway, it was just- “his eye! Yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture – ...

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