Edgar Allan Poe's Apocalyptic Vision in "The Conqueror Worm" and "The City in the Sea"
GRIN Verlag, 2010 - 28 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, RWTH Aachen University, language: English, abstract: "Themes of ruin and apocalypse intensify in several poems of the 1840's" and as one of the today most approved writers of that time, Edgar Allan Poe's poetry is certainly worth being investigated in this regard. In this paper I want to investigate the apocalyptic vision in Edgar Allan Poe's poems "The Conqueror Worm," published in 1843, and "The City in the Sea," in its final version from the year 1845. I also have to mention that I will examine "The Conqueror Worm" as a poem on its own and not in connection with the tale Ligeia, into which the poem was later (1845) established. I have also decided to work with the five-stanza version of "The City in the Sea," opposed to a widely spread opinion that the poem should only contain four stanzas . For an analysis concerned with this topic, it has to be made clear what I understand when I use the term apocalyptic. Therefore the paper starts with an attempt to define the term as good as possible. Afterwards I am going to give a thorough analysis of "The Conqueror Worm" first, and then I will analyze "The City in the Sea." The analyses are going to include interpretations according to the apocalyptic vision in the poems. At the end of the paper I will give a short summary together with the most important outcomes of the analyses.
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actors onstage akademische Texte Allan Poe’s Apocalyptic alliteration anapestic anaphoric angels Antichrist anymore assumption Babylon-like walls Book of Revelations Carlson city is doomed city is sunk city lies city’s Clough connotations Conqueror Worm creates a feeling dead definition of apocalypse Deringer drama drowned in tears Edgar Allan Poe’s Esser Edgar Allan fact fifth stanza forces of nature fourth stanza funeral pall Garrison God is dead going to happen GRIN Verlag Gutzen hell horror human race human world iambic tetrameter imagery images of destruction impression inhabitants of Babylon interpretation last stanza last two lines Leonard lives lonesome latter m’-sound Mabott Mercutio meter mimes movement Nadine Esser Edgar obvious that Poe phantom place left place of illusion play Poe wanted Poe’s Apocalyptic Vision Poe’s poems poem with regards poetry probable that Poe reader knows realize second stanza sinks stage Stockton Stovall symbol term apocalyptic theater third stanza throne wilderness of glass