Bridal Ballad Essay

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The Bridal Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe Edit 1 0 11… Over the years, Edgar Allan Poe has written many popular poems. Though many of his short stories such as The Pit and the Pendulum, or The Tell Tale Heart may have had a major effect in Romanticism, many can assume that his poems had a better effect. It has been said that poetry in the Romanticism period is the “highest and most sublime embodiment of the imagination” (Langley). This happens to be true with many of Poe’s poems, such as The Bridal Ballad. “Daniel Hoffman observes that ‘the theme [of The Bridal Ballad] was one Poe had early tried to use in poetry [when Poe was starting to become a writer], producing only the bathetic Bridal Ballad.’ (Hoffman). Sova mentions that “Poe experienced greater success in developing the theme in what critics have termed the "Marriage Group" of stories, which include Eleonora, Ligeia, and Morella” (Sova). Although this may have been so, The Bridal Ballad can still be analyzed as a building block that would lead to better written stories and poems based on the Romanticist and Dark Romanticist principles. What readers find in The Bridal Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe is a story told in a bride’s point of view. What the bride tells readers about is the fact that she cannot fully accept her newlywed husband. The reason for her doubts is because her recent husband, D’Elormie, unfortunately passed on. Though her new husband may be happy as mentioned several times within the poem, the bride does not feel all too completely happy herself. As featured in the poem, the readers find out what the bride’s true feelings and thoughts are of the wedding despite the greatest of times. Getting back to the fact that the story is told in a bride’s point of view, it just shows many readers that Edgar Allan Poe does not just tell stories in a male’s point of view. Though some people may not think
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