Expository Essay Edgar Allen Poe “By the dim light of an accidental lamp, tall, antique, worn-eaten, wooden tenements were seen tottering to their fall, in directions so many and capricious, that scare the semblance of a passage was discernible between them.” -Edgar Allen Poe from the Man of the Crowd
Edgar Allen Poe is one of the greatest writers of the Romanctic Movement times. No other American writer has influenced literature outside the Western hemisphere as much as Poe. His deft use of horror and the macabre, his masterful use of the short story and his creation of the detective story all changed literature as we know it and many authors today still feel Poe's influence in their work. His gothic style, dark, creepy short stories were like a horror movies coming to life in your head. His use of literary devices helped to bring reader into what their reading .Which helps the reader to feel and think of that of the characters feel and think. Enargia is one of the many literary device used by Poe.
Enargia is a vivid description of something. He uses it a lot throughout his work, but he uses it most often in his creative short stories. The way he describes the torture chamber in “The Pit and the Pendulum” is a good example of Enargia. He does this when he writes “I now observed-with what horror it is needless to say-that its nether extremity was formed of a crescent of glittering steel, about a food in length from horn to horn; the horns upward, and the under edge evidently as keen as that of a razor...appended to a weighty rod of brass…” (The Pit and the Pendulum). This makes the reader to feel as though they too are in the torture chamber. Many of his poems also show use of it.
Edgar Allan Poe is and always will be remembered for his mysterious and interesting stories.