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Edgar Allan Poe DIDILS Analysis
Andrew Kokanoutranon

Diction, Image, Detail Analysis

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher...I reined my horse to the precipitous brink of a  black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled luster by the dwelling...(with) vacant and eye-like windows.

 

Edgar Allan Poe From "The Fall of the House of Usher."

 

1. Color code the literary devices in the paragraph by using the following key:

 

red = diction

 

blue =details

 

purple =imagery

 

2. Choose three to five examples of each literary device listed above and explain connotation and the effect of the literary device on the tone.

 

Diction such as “dreary,” “melancholy,” “unruffled and “vacant” offers the connotation of a dark, lonely, and spooky surrounding and image. These examples help reinforce the tone because it offers an eerie feeling and it gives us the impression of the house being haunted.

 

Details such as “dull, dark, and soundless,” “shades of the evening,” and “the precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled luster by the dwelling” offers the connotation of a depressing and lonely image. These examples help reinforce the tone because it gives off a scary and chilling tone.

 

Imagery such as “clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens,” “singularly dreary tract,” “shades of the evening,” “black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled luster by the dwelling,” and “eye-like windows” offers the connotation of a lifeless scene. These examples help reinforce the tone because the eerie and dark images emphasizes the whole tone of the passage.

 

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