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Sonnet - Silence Analysis



Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 2866

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There are some qualities- some incorporate things,

That have a double life, which thus is made

A type of that twin entity which springs

From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.

There is a two-fold Silence- sea and shore-

Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,

Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,

Some human memories and tearful lore,

Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."

He is the corporate Silence: dread him not!

No power hath he of evil in himself;

But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)

Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,

That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod

No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!








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Poe didn't have a wife named Lenore. He married to his cousin.

| Posted on 2017-03-20 | by a guest


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Well, I may be wrong, but this is just what I figured it meant on my own accord, before I read any other interpretations:
I think that it starts off by addressing the connection that some things have, that make them really more like two parts of a whole concept. Light is not matter, but they go hand in hand. Solid- dense matter compared to liquid and gas- is to matter as shade is to light (little light, so it is darker and seems, I don\'t know, more dense I guess). So solid goes specifically with shade as matter goes with light. Another example of one of these \"double lives\" are sea and shore, and body and soul. Your body is not your soul, but they are both parts of you and they coexist in your life on earth, much as land and water coexist where the sea meets the shore.
Poe talks about a \"corporate silence\", one implied to be scary but that has no power of evil by itself. I took that literally to mean he was talking about silence. I may be mistaken, but I think I heard that Poe was not a big fan of hidden meanings in poetry so much of his work is intended to be taken more or less literally. As far as silence goes, it can be kind of scary sometimes; lonely and melancholy. But it has no power alone to harm you.
Silence\'s \"shadow\"- the other part of it\'s whole concept- the nameless elf- I assume is death. Death and silence go hand in hand, though silence is harmless and death is the truly scary one. Should some urgent and untimely fate bring you to encounter death, Poe advises, commend thyself to God.

| Posted on 2012-11-26 | by a guest


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I think it\'s about God, because God is everything contradictory. He can\'t harm you, but he can can bring you to death where no man goes, only souls. can anyone tell me if it sounds remotely correct.

| Posted on 2012-08-24 | by a guest


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wtf just give me a damn answer im an idiot and i need a c in english class damit

| Posted on 2012-05-23 | by a guest


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There are some things that are combined into one substance (in this poems case it’s silence) but really they are two. This is also true of the world which is matter and light (evidenced by the solid and its shadow that we see). Silence has two qualities. One is in a place such as an empty/isolated wood. The other involves the sombre human. The combination of the two is intensely painful. This silence isn’t evil but it’s unnatural and you will need supernatural help. Doubt this is totally correct.

| Posted on 2011-05-11 | by a guest


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I just need to know what the hell it means that\'s it, just find something so i can pass this dam English 2 class >.< FTW

| Posted on 2010-10-14 | by a guest


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\"ok, i think you all are just plain nerdy.
idc about who he is-just give me some info about hhis poem so i can pass my class.\"
\"all of you are idiots.... what does it really mean?\"
\"the first comment was really repetitive...
it got annoying. it was like deja vu over and over again.... grr...\"
THE PERSON WHO POSTED THESE IS A.... HMMM... UGLY PUFFER FISH.

| Posted on 2010-10-07 | by a guest


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i just want an answer. i need to know what this means

| Posted on 2010-05-28 | by a guest


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WTF the last postby 'Approved Guest', don't know how he got approved or something, coz it is just a few sentences and the rest is BS and repeated.

| Posted on 2009-12-09 | by a guest


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I believe that Poe is hinting something with the "body and soul", "sea and shore" bit. Each is nothing without the other, which interconnects with the idea of silence. Silence is nothing without noise.

| Posted on 2009-06-27 | by a guest


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I believe that Poe is hinting something with the "body and soul", "sea and shore" bit. Each is nothing without the other, which interconnects with the idea of silence. Silence is nothing without noise.

| Posted on 2009-06-27 | by a guest


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ok, i think you all are just plain nerdy.
idc about who he is-just give me some info about hhis poem so i can pass my class.

| Posted on 2009-02-20 | by a guest


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I have read conflicting stories. Did Poe really stay with the corpse of his mother two days prior to someone arriving?

| Posted on 2008-12-18 | by a guest


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EDGAR ALLAN POE WAS BOMB!!!! He had a Hitler Stache!!!! woot.

| Posted on 2008-12-16 | by a guest


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Poe did not have a wife Lenore. Lenore was made up to symbolize his wife VIRGINIA. If you're going to comment about an amazing writer like Poe, at least know what the hell you are talking about, genius.

| Posted on 2008-11-29 | by a guest


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all of you are idiots.... what does it really mean?

| Posted on 2008-11-03 | by a guest


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I disagree slightly with the last post. I don't believe it has to do with isolation, but I do believe it deals with the power (and with that danger) of the human psyche. The "nameless elf" is obviously a symbol for his wicked thoughts that roam "where hath trod no foot of man." He begins by showing how the mind begins untainted and undefiled with visual imagery "which springs from matter and light." However, the capacity of the mind is "evinced in solid and shade." He uses an alternating pattern to show the ability the mind has to be either good or evil and advises the reader to "commend thyself to God!"

| Posted on 2008-08-22 | by a guest


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Poe is explaning the dangeres of isolation. what the unconsious side of the mind will do to you if you break your line of demarcation (The Term Freud used to represent the barrier between the consious and the unconsious). Isolation and reclusivness can be an extreamly dangerous thing, people have gone mad from it. But isolation cant force itself upon you, only you can do that. "No power hath he of evil in himself;". Poe says if you are infact isolating yourself and are intelligent enough to know if and know what it is doing to you, then he (being somewhat of a pious person) urges you to give your self to god. he beleives that is the only way out of the abyss that is your mind. "But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!". To understand this poem takes a uniqe life, much like poe's to fully comprehend the terror of what can be found in your heawd. by yourself. I to warn you, socialize. as much as possible. keep talking.

| Posted on 2008-05-29 | by a guest


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the first comment was really repetitive...
it got annoying. it was like deja vu over and over again....
grr...

| Posted on 2008-05-21 | by a guest


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On the contrary, I understand the poem to illustrate the side of Silence worth fearing to be Death, "nameless elf, that haunteth the lone regions where hath trod no foot of man". Poe makes out Silence's other identity to be the silence man can experience in the physical world, the silence of isolation and solemnity. He is not simply attempting to explain Death as the ultimate Silence as he is exploring the relationship between the physical and transcendental world and how they can both be represented in one thing (in this case Silence). The focus of the poem is not so much on the horror of Death as it is placed on the blurred line between the metaphysical and the real.

| Posted on 2007-12-10 | by a guest


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The above review is just repeated many times. I do not know why. I think Poe is talking about death also, but not just death. He talks about the Silence that comes as soon as death has gone. Since Poe's wife, Lenore, has died by the time this poem was written, we can assume that the death he is talking about is that of his wife Lenore. He mentions 2 different types of Silence. I take these 2 to be silence on a normal day with no sound, and silence almost as a loneliness that comes after death has come. He dreads this silence much because he loved his wife Lenore and all the comforting qualities she brought to him. But by his statement, "He is the corporate silence, dread him not," we can assume that Poe is not afraid of dying as well.

| Posted on 2007-02-28 | by a guest


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The above review is just repeated many times. I do not know why. I think Poe is talking about death also, but not just death. He talks about the Silence that comes as soon as death has gone. Since Poe's wife, Lenore, has died by the time this poem was written, we can assume that the death he is talking about is that of his wife Lenore. He mentions 2 different types of Silence. I take these 2 to be silence on a normal day with no sound, and silence almost as a loneliness that comes after death has come. He dreads this silence much because he loved his wife Lenore and all the comforting qualities she brought to him. But by his statement, "He is the corporate silence, dread him not," we can assume that Poe is not afraid of dying as well.

| Posted on 2007-02-28 | by a guest


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I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life...I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.I think it means you should take life head on and not fear death. The corporate silence is death and he says "He is the corporate silence, dread him not". Edgar Allen Poe then continues to say "No power hath he of evil in himself" meaning death has no power over your life, do not let the fear of death run your life.

| Posted on 2005-04-24 | by Approved Guest




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