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by Edgar Allan Poe

Speaker Point of View

Who is the speaker, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?

Doesn't this guy sound a lot like your Cure-listening, black-wearing, super-dramatic friend? You know, the one who can make a bad mood seem like the coolest thing in the world? Who reads old poetry and quotes it aloud to let you know how deeply he feels things?

Bottom line: this speaker's approach is all about attitude, about knowing how to work a mood. Every line – make that every word – is designed to make you feel how depressed he is, to make you soak in his angst and his despair. The thing is, he somehow manages to make it really fun. He turns being sad into a lifestyle. For our speaker, being filled with agony isn't just a part of who he is, it's everything. He commits to it so completely that you can't help but get wrapped up in it. He makes every moment seem so dramatic that a happy, quiet life starts to seem kind of boring.

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