Meter in The Fall of the House of Usher

Meter Examples in The Fall of the House of Usher:

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"the fragments of the “HOUSE OF USHER.”..."   (The Fall of the House of Usher)

The analogy of house as both home and lineage—a clever double entendre—is made once again explicit in the final sentence. Because the mansion, as well as both Usher siblings, have been destroyed in the collapse, “the fragments of the ‘HOUSE OF USHER’” refer to the remains of the building as well as Madeline and Roderick.

"to the floor a corpse..."   (The Fall of the House of Usher)

The phrase “bore him to the floor a corpse” is distinctly musical, namely for its rhyme. “Bore,” “floor,” and “corpse” all contain the same core -or sound. That these words land on sequential stressed beats hammers home the effect, adding an auditory weight to the image of Madeline’s collapse. Poe, a skilled poet, uses such musical effects throughout his writings, verse and prose alike.