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Why Pallas in "The Raven"?

Poe himself offers a brief answer to this in his 1846 essay The Philosophy of Composition. He states: I made the bird alight on the bust of Pallas, also for the effect of contrast between the marble ...
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Why did the Pit and the Pendulum lack historical authenticity?

‘The Pit and the Pendulum’ belongs to the Gothic horror genre, in which stories are not expected to be realistic. The story has multiple fantastic elements—for example, the Spanish Inquisition even at ...
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