An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The City Of The Sea

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The world of poetry is made up of a variety of techniques, literary styles, and subject matters. Each poet has created their own unique styles throughout their poetic careers; however, similarities between two poets, in some form or fashion, can sometimes arise. Finding differences in poems is easy when looking at a poem, but when one looks deeper into a poem, one will discover the similarities of form or meaning. When comparing Edgar Allan Poe and William Cullen Bryant, a reader can find similarities that range from the topic of death, though with a different outlook to the use of personification. Their difference can be found in the blank verse used by Bryant compared to the rhymed verse used by Poe along with the difference in iambic meter.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The City in the Sea” takes its’ readers to a realm of gloom where Death is personified as a tyrant ruler. During the poem, the observer is witnessing the ruins of a dead civilization. The people, who one resided there, worshiped material things, taking the jewels with them to their graves. Death replaced the rulers of the civilization’s palaces. This is not unlike the personification of Nature in Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”. Bryant uses nature to explore death, something that is part of nature. Both poets come to the topic of death, but Bryant sees death as something in life we must all come to face while Poe seems to hold a fear of death.
The rhyme Poe uses is unusual but allows for a lovely flow of words. The rhyme…
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