The Cask Of Amontillado, By Edgar Allan Poe And Eating Poetry

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W.H. Auden once said, “Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.” When comparing “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Eating Poetry” by Mark Strand their works incorporate horrid elements within their works, which creates apprehension in the reader. The writing styles of these authors provoke this apprehension. The similar characteristics of “The Cask of Amontillado” and “Eating Poetry”, including captivating introductions that present an eerie setting, use of theatrical imagery, and descriptive enticing language, are crucial components to developing one’s mood while reading. Mark Strand begins his work with a phrase that immediately provokes readers to be curious and intrigued, which is “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth” (Strand 1). Without any further thought, he or she can infer that this action is surreal. However, this phrase incorporates chilling undertones, with respect to imagery. Readers have the ability to envision someone with ink spewing out of his or her mouth. This phrase exhilarates the individual and sets the mood for the remainder of the work. Comparatively, Edgar Allan Poe also provokes readers with the chilling undertones he presents. Poe doesn’t have incorporate imagery like Strand, but creates a precarious atmosphere for the reader. He says, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (Poe 14). The plot thickness and aids in the creation of unfamiliarity in

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