The Fall of the House of Usher

  • The Fall of the House of Usher

  • Son coeur est un luth suspendu;

  • Sitot qu'on le touche il resonne.

  • DE BERANGER.

  • His heart is a suspened lute;

  • which resonates as soon as touched.

  • Edgar Allen Poe

    During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country;

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  • and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.

  • I know not how it was-

  • -but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.

  • I say insufferable;

  • for the feeling was unrelieved by any of that half-pleasureable, because poetic, sentiment, with which the mind usually receives even the sternest natural images of the desolate or terrible.

  • Edgar Allen Poe

    I looked upon the scene before me-

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  • -upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain-

  • -upon the bleak walls-

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    -upon the vacant eye-like windows-

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  • -upon a few rank sedges-

  • -and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees-

  • -with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium-

  • --the bitter lapse into everyday life-