It's All About the Wordplay

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Edgar Allan Poe- Epigram for Wall Street

"Take a bank note and fold it up, and then you will find your money in creases!" ( Poe Line 3-4)

I couldn't tell you what this poem is actually about, but I thought this line was a great play on words. If you fold something, then the paper is in creases, meaning it has creases on it. But it could also mean that your money literally increase, as in the amount raises. How clever.

"And laugh- but smile no more." (Poe, The Haunted Palace)
"Render him terrorless: his name's "No More." " (Poe, Silence)

Like we saw in The Raven, Poe continues his uses of "nevermore" in these poems. It seems like he is really interested in existence and things being forgotten out of existence. I suppose it could tie into death somehow and since Poe is a horror author of sorts, it would make some sense. But I do not think death applies all the time.  But there's definitely a theme of "nevermore" happening in his works. May be just likes how it sounds? Or may be just could think of another word?                                                                                                                                


Jennifer Prex said:

I had wondered about that too--Poe's use of "No More" in this poem and the connection to "The Raven." I wonder if Poe wanted readers to make that connection.

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