Essay about The Haunted Palace

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The Haunted Palace

“The Haunted Palace” is one of Edgar Allen Poe’s mysterious and phantasmagoric poems. Written in the same year as “The Devil in the Belfry,” and included in his short story “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Haunted Palace” is another tale of innocence and happiness now corroded with sorrow and madness. It is fairly easy to say that “The Haunted Palace” is a metaphor for Poe’s own ghostly troubled mind, more than it is about a decaying palace. For in 1839, it was found in a book that the main character in “The Fall of the House of Usher” comes across. In the context of its appearance in “Usher,” it is startlingly clear that this is no fable of earthly decay, but one of mental and spiritual ruin.

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“And all with pearl and ruby glowing/ Was the fair palace door, Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing/And sparkling evermore, A troop of Echoes whose sweet duty/was but to sing.” This is an important passage that fully details that the palace is his mind and the “Troop of Echoes” whom sing are his thoughts, which came like a constant river. He then praises the “Voices of surpassing beauty” the great thoughts that always came to their creator’s aid.

“But evil things, in robes of sorrow, Assailed the monarch’s high estate;” Poe’s palace has suddenly been invaded by the “evil things,” that can easily stand for macabre thoughts and unpure desires. He then pauses to “mourn” over the “desolate” landscape that’s never to return to its once “stately” place in the first stanza. The “glory” soon disappears from the palace, that is now nothing more than an old past memory that is “entombed.” The mind has now become troubled and amoral to the narrator a place that can never regain its past life.

In the final stanza Poe gives the final description and perhaps epithet for the haunted palace. As uninhabitable and desolate a landscape that is described, there however are still travelers in the valley, or still thoughts in this mind. “And travelers now within that valley, Through the red-litten windows see/ Vast forms the move fantastically/ to a discordant melody.” His mind can only look out “red-litten windows," or in other words bloodshot eyes, that are weary

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