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September 18, 2006

Monika's Quote Commentary

"I am not now writing a treatise, but simply prefacing a somewhat peculiar narrative by observations very much at random; I will, therefore, take occasion to assert that the higher powers of the reflective intellect are more decidedly and more usefully tasked by the unostentatious game of draughts than by all the elaborate frivolity of chess. In this latter, where the pieces have different and bizarre motions, with various and variable values, what is only complex is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound." Poe, Murders in the Rue Morgue

This quote concentrates on the distinction between ostentatiously complex things and those that are more authentically profound. By making the beginning complex and elaborate sounding and then explaining that he is not writing a treatise (in this way acknowledging his complex language), Poe is further defining the difference betweent that which seems to be profound and that which actually is profound.

Posted by monikade at September 18, 2006 11:48 PM


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