Joy Is Like a Tattered Curtain

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            "Which thro' some tatter'd curtain pries Into the darkness of a room, Is by (the very source of gloom) The motes, and dust, and flies, On which it trembles and lies Like joy upon sorrow!"  

            The way I interpreted this particular quote which is a part of this poem was Poe making a direct comparison to a tattered curtain to joy.  He creates the image of a tattered curtain lying on top of flies and dust and motes, just like joy lies upon sorrow.  This gave me such insight on one way the narrator and even Poe felt about the feeling of joy.  Not only is a tattered curtain quite unattractive, it is quite worn and torn.  Also allowing the sorrow to lie beneath the joy, which is compared to a tattered curtain, it gives the reader the image that sorrow always peeks up and escapes from underneath and rises above joy as the dust and flies could easily accomplish through the holes in the curtain.    

            "Over waterfalls, (Silent waterfalls!)". 

            This could represent how disconnected the narrator felt either to life or to this character mentioned, Isabel.  If one only sees a waterfall and cannot hear the sound, the beauty is lost.   The connection with the waterfall is lost. 

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Jennifer Prex said:

It makes sense. It did seem that this poem was very cheerful for a Poe poem. I guess these lines go to show that it isn't all cheerful--there is that sense of sorrow lingering beneath the surface.

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