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Cats Meets The Raven What is an author What does it matter who is speaking These questions posed by Michel Foucault lead the reader of his essay in many directions and to multitudes of questions The ideas presented in TS Eliots essay From Poe to Valery illustrate three different ways of examining Poe his work and also the influence of his work Eliot discusses the various influences Poe had on such famous authors as Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells I especially like how he wrote that Sherlock Holmes was deceiving Watson when he told him that he had bought his Stradivarius violin for a few shillings at a second hand shop in the Tottenham Court Road He found that violin in the ruins of the house of Usher Eliot then goes on to define the term la poesie pure or pure poetry He says that all poetry starts from our emotions experienced and by our interactions with others I wasnt sure if this upholds the idea that nothing is original and all work is influenced by something else so there is no original work and who is to say who the author of some work is All of this goes along with the author function showing that sometimes to classify a work by its author or to stereotype an author as a certain kind of writer is a folly Eliots presents his reader with three different French poets from three different ages each of whom looked at Poe from a different perspective The first of which Baudelaire stereotypes Poe as le poete maudit or the outcast poet He identifies with Poe and is mostly interested more in Poes personality This type of analysis would not fly in this course as we are more interested in discourse but in the introduction to his translation of Poe Baudelaire gives one esthetic remark
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