Derniers Contes

By Edgar Allan Poe

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a remplir les onereux devoirs de cette profession qu'a
force de fidelite rigide a l'instinct systematique qui formait le trait
principal de mon esprit. Une _methode_ scrupuleuse caracterisait mes
actions aussi bien que mes comptes. Pour moi, c'etait la methode--et
non l'argent--qui faisait l'homme, au moins tout ce qui dans l'homme ne
dependait pas du tailleur que je servais. Chaque matin a neuf heures, je
me presentais chez lui pour prendre le costume du jour. A dix heures,
je me trouvais dans quelque promenade a la mode ou dans un autre lieu
d'amusement public. La regularite et la precision avec lesquelles je
tournais ma charmante personne de maniere a mettre successivement en vue
chaque partie de l'habit que j'avais sur le dos, faisaient l'admiration
de tous les connaisseurs en ce genre. Midi ne passait jamais sans que
j'eusse envoye une pratique a la maison de mes patrons, MM. Coupe
et Revenez-Demain. Je le dis avec des larmes dans les yeux--car ces
messieurs se montrerent a mon egard les derniers des ingrats. Le petit
compte au sujet duquel nous nous querellames, et finimes par nous
separer, ne peut, en aucun de ses articles, paraitre surcharge a qui
que ce soit tant soit peu verse dans les affaires. Cependant je veux me
donner l'orgueilleuse satisfaction de mettre le lecteur en etat de juger
par lui-meme. Voici le libelle de ma facture:

_MM. Coupe et Revenez-Demain, Marchands

A Pierre Profit, annonce ambulante._


10 Juillet.--Pour promenade habituelle, et pratique
envoyee a la maison L. 00, 25

11 Juillet.--Pour it. it. it. 25

12 Juillet.--Pour un mensonge, seconde classe;
habit noir passe vendu pour vert invisible. 25

13 Juillet.--Pour un mensonge, premiere classe,

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Text Comparison with The Complete Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe Including Essays on Poetry

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In placing before the public this collection of Edgar Poe's poetical works, it is requisite to point out in what respects it differs from, and is superior to, the numerous collections which have preceded it.
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registered the proffered vote, quite regardless of the condition of the person personifying a voter.
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a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire Leaping higher, higher, higher, With a desperate desire, And a resolute endeavor Now--now to sit or never, By the side of the pale-faced moon.
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I replied--"This is nothing but dreaming: Let us on by this tremulous light! Let us bathe in this crystalline light! Its Sibyllic splendor is beaming With Hope and in Beauty to-night:-- See!--it flickers up the sky through the night! Ah, we safely may trust to its gleaming, And be sure it will lead us aright-- We safely may trust to a gleaming That cannot but guide us aright, Since it flickers up to Heaven through the night.
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" 1844.
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Lo! 'tis a gala night Within the lonesome latter years! An angel throng, bewinged, bedight In veils, and drowned in tears, Sit in a theatre, to see A play of hopes and fears, While the orchestra breathes fitfully The music of the spheres.
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I did.
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Politian! _Pol_.
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I have been happy--and I love the theme: Dreams! in their vivid coloring of life As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife .
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On all sides, save to the west where the sun was about sinking, arose the verdant walls of the forest.
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Come! we will leave to the left the loud harmony of the Pleiades, and swoop outward from the throne into the starry meadows beyond Orion, where, for pansies and violets, and heart's-ease, are the beds of the triplicate and triple-tinted suns.
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It hung upon our limbs--upon the household furniture--upon the goblets from which we drank; and all things were depressed, and borne down thereby--all things save only the flames of the seven iron lamps which illumined our revel.
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After the lapse of half an hour, at the very utmost, it flags--fails--a revulsion ensues--and then the poem is, in effect, and in fact, no longer such.
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is not altogether in accordance with Mr.
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Less pedantically, the feet employed throughout (trochees) consists of a long syllable followed by a short; the first line of the stanza consists of eight of these feet, the second of seven and a half (in effect two-thirds), the third of eight, the fourth of seven and.
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This quaintness is, in fact, a very powerful adjunct to ideality, but in the case in question it arises independently of the author's will, and is altogether apart from his intention.
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