By Anne Tyler
Evie Decker is a shy, just a little plump youngster, lonely and silent. yet her quiet lifestyles is shattered whilst she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately drawn to him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....
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Eureka, Poe’s last book, has been admired by some as interesting scientific thought, perhaps anticipating that of Einstein, and by others as yet another of Poe’s spoofs. The subtitle, A Prose Poem, has unsettled opinions about classification even more. Each of these works (and assuredly many more by Poe) admits of being read within any of those contexts just named, as well as contributing to other approaches. Whatever the precise circumstances, Poe’s writings from first to last contain unmistakable evidence that attests Poe’s awareness of much that we might Works 29 call the essence of Romanticism in his time.
The speaker’s “voice” is actually a meditation on the Coliseum’s dwindling from an imposing center of teeming life into a ruined monument, which nonetheless may momentarily inspire awe in the beholder, who then, in a second thought, queries if all that remains is indeed the vestige of onetime greatness. The monument responds Works 41 that no matter its physical decay, it still has sufficient power to call up memories of a glorious past. Poe’s technique here might be thought to anticipate that of Walt Whitman, although Poe does not venture into free verse, but the blank verse in this poem is kept from prosaicness by means of the many rhymes that begin rather than end the lines.
The ghouls are threatening here, unlike those in “Ulalume,” who are more sympathetic to the grief-stricken speaker. The insistent rhythmic patterns create a hypnotic effect that may literally enchant the speaker into the dream world of restlessness that he perversely enjoys. 6 For Poe, Helen’s nurturing role not only literally brings the speaker (either Odysseus himself or a latter-day Odysseus figure) to a comforting home, but also stimulates his creative imagination, reminding him of the heritage of Classical art.
A Slipping-Down Life by Anne Tyler