Essay On Imagination And Imagination

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Imagination and Senses Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” A strong imagination can make all things possible and cause supernatural events that could never have seemed possible. Imagination and strong senses are characteristics of romanticism stories or poems that are shown in “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Abraham’s Boys” by Joe Hill. Imagination is shown in “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. The raven in the story represents never ending sadness. Throughout the whole poem the raven repeats only one word to show the hopelessness of the narrator: “Quoth the Raven ‘nevermore’” (“The Raven” 84). When the raven in the poem speaks it shows a supernatural event and rejects rational and factual details of authentic life. This quote is repeated multiple times throughout the poem which leaves the reader feeling unending anguish as if the sadness the narrator feels is contagious. Another example of imagination in “The Raven” is when the narrator says: “Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, Anderson 2 That I scarce was sure I heard you" – here I opened wide the door;--- Darkness there and nothing more(“The Raven”20-24). This quote explains that the author could be “imagining” the whole story and his grief of his “lost Lenore”(“The Raven” 10) is causing him to contrive everything in his head. This shows imagination because it forces the reader to willingly suspend their disbelief and decide how they will interpret the story. The Raven also shows another romanticism story characteristic: strong senses. The narrator uses sensory marketing in the st... ... middle of paper ... ... description makes the reader feel like they are their looking at the picture and can feel the urgency of the situation. In this part of the story the boys climbed into their fathers study and caused a huge mess that needed to be picked up or their father would know they were in there. Another example of strong senses is when their father arrives home in the car and they are still in his study: “The car died with an emphysemic wheeze and tiny clatter” (“Abraham’s Boys” pg 103). As their father grows closer to the study the situation becomes more tense and the suspense grows until it is palpable even outside of the story. Imagination and strong senses both appear in the “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Abraham’s Boys” by Joe Hill. The use of imagination and strong senses make the stories come to life and cause the reader to become entrapped inside of the writings.

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