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Author: Susan Levine,Susan F. Levine
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Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1 edition (April 25, 2007)
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Poe's Critical Theory: THE MAJOR DOCUMENTS by Susan Levine,Susan F. Levine



They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical dicta.

p. cm. A collection of Poe’s statements on the theory of writing and the theory of criticism. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn-13: 978-0-252-03123-6 (cloth : acid-free paper) isbn-10: 0-252-03123-7 (cloth : acid-free paper) 1. Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809–ature-Sources. 2. Literature-History and criticism-Theory, etc. 3. Criticism. II. Levine, Susan F. (Susan Fleming).

They also face frankly the contradictions in Poes critical dicta. Poetry is for pleasure, not truth, Poe says, but argues that poetic inspiration leads to truth. Great works, Poe says, result from studied calculation, but also from irrational, supernal sources. Both biting critic and doughty defender of American artistic achievement, Poe was contemptuous of democratic art, except when he manned the barricades in its defense.

They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical dicta.

Poe's Critical Theory. University of Illinois Press.

They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical opinions. Poe argues both that poetry is for pleasure, not truth, and that poetic inspiration leads to truth. Great works, Poe maintains, result from studied calculation, but also from irrational, supernal sources

They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical opinions. Great works, Poe maintains, result from studied calculation, but also from irrational, supernal sources

Edgar Allan Poe's reputation as an enduring and influential American literary critic rests mainly upon the pieces in this edition. Editors Stuart and Susan F. Levine provide reading texts, detailed explanatory footnotes, variant readings, and introductions to show context. They also face frankly the contradictions in Poe's critical opinions. Critical Theory highlights examples of conflicting ideas and suggests the reasons they are present.What was consistent in Poe's work was not a single theory, but rather wit, playfulness, concern for the strong effect, a bin of recyclable allusions, anecdotes and quotations, and a craftsman's discipline. Poe's writing on theory is of a piece with his fiction, poetry, and journalism. The Levines explain how these critical statements also tie tightly to the social, political, economic, and technological history of the world in which Poe lived.