Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VIII

Hi all!

I’m back with Part 8 of the series, and like before I’ll be presenting 5 works again. These are similar in the fact that it’s not the plot itself that is emphasized, because some of them don’t even have that much of a plot. The important thing in these works is actually in the idea behind the plot and characters. Some are meant to make you laugh, but they all give you something to think about 🙂

So here they are, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online 🙂

The Colloquy of Monos And Una

This is a really beautiful philosophical story in the form of a dialogue between Monos and Una, two lovers.

Monos speaks of science and art, comparing reason with sentiment, claiming the first to be the death of nature and the second, the only way in which we could truly understand it. Then he talks about the time after he died, his sensations and of Time itself, as he then truly witnessed it.

The story is a really fascinating one, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil and the ideas portrayed are really interesting 🙂

The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion

This story resembles the one presented before, because this also has the form of a dialogue between the characters presented in title.

The story presents Eiros, arrived to Aidenn after death, and presents the circumstances in which he died. From what he tells us, we understand that a comet was spotted and said to bring the end to the world.

I liked this story because it gives us a view of how Poe perceived the apocalypse, it’s causes and outcome.

Diddling

This is a quite funny story, because it presents the science of diddling, meaning committing frauds.

The narrator first presents the character of a diddler, and claims that it is in human nature to diddle. Then, he tells a few stories where people were diddled.

The story isn’t all that long, and quite amusing, so if you’re bored, don’t hesitate to spear a few minutes 😀

The Duc De L’Omelette

This story is pretty short one and kind of amusing but, it’s not my favorite.

It’s about the Duke De L’Omelette, who dies and meets the Devil. The surroundings are quite interesting, as the Duke looks around and it’s a bit creepy when he notices that the music he heard is not music at all. At the end, the Duke and the Devil play cards, that has an unexpected result.

So I guess, this story wasn’t that bad. The only thing I didn’t really like was that it had a lot of French phrases and I don’t
really know French 😀

Four Beasts In One – the Homo-Cameleopard

This story is also an amusing one, but also not my favorite.

It presents Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria, in the city of Antiochia Epidaphne, celebrating the fact that he has just murdered a thousand Jews. With a large group of people, who admire him and sing about his glorious deeds, he heads for the hippodrome dressed as a cameleopard. The wild animals, who previously seemed domesticated and friendly, attack him and start to chase him.

The story is quite funny, especially in describing the chase, because the narrator has a really ironical tone in addressing the king.

I noticed that these last couple of stories are a bit different than the ones I presented in earlier posts and this gives a us new perspective into the mind of Poe, because of the various themes he addresses in his stories.

These are all for now, and I’ll be back shortly with Part IX 🙂

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read 🙂

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