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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Glenn Russell
    2019-04-02 09:28

    Is it any wonder fans of Edgar Allan Poe find Silence – A Fable one of the least accessible and enjoyable of his tales? This is quite understandable since this two pager lacks the development and pacing of a conventionally constructed short-story and also lacks grounding in our predictable, realistic everyday reality. Rather, what we find here is a tale having much in common with lyrical prose poetry and what in the twentieth century would become known as surrealist writing. With this very subjective world-creation of Poe’s in mind, below are several of my very subjective observations.It’s sundown and Poe looks out at a peaceful summer landscape: river, meadow and willow trees under the setting sun, but his imagination immediately plays games, enlarging the river, distorting the meadow, altering, warping and bending the willow trees - a complete transformation right before his very eyes. Poe recognizes what is happening - it is his poetic muse taking over. But such a muse! He views the bizarre deformation and has a name for such a muse - the Demon. With this psychological transformation in mind, the first ninety percent of this tale is told by a Demon, a telling of what the Demon sees in and around a river. And what a seeing! Below are several quotes coupled with my comments:“For many miles on either side of the river’s oozy bed is a pale desert of gigantic water-lilies. They sigh one unto the other in that solitude, and stretch toward the heaven their long ghastly necks, and nod to and fro their everlasting heads.” Goodness! What a twisted vision: nodding water lilies with long ghastly necks. Such a vision anticipates the metamorphosing landscapes of Max Ernst.But then there is more strangeness as the Demon scans the landscape where he sees a rock under a crimson moon. We read, “And I was going back into the morass, when the moon shone with a fuller red, and I turned and looked again upon the rock, and upon the characters were DESOLATION.” Since Poe is a writer and not a painter, Poe’s Demon sees something Max Ernst never painted: an actual word in the landscape. Such a word in such a landscape provides a clear picture of the link between Poe’s visions and Poe’s language. Sidebar: Letters magically appearing on a rock reminds me of Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse where one lonely evening main character Harry Haller sees words magically appear on a stone wall above an ancient wooden door in an old section of a city.Then the Demon sees a man. We are given a detailed description of the man, including the following: “And his brow was lofty with thought, and his eye wild with care; and, in a few furrows upon his cheek I read the fables of sorrow, and weariness, and disgust with mankind, and a longing for solitude.” I’m sure I am not the first reader to observe how this could be a description of Poe himself. So, in a way, this wordless interplay between Demon and man could be interpreted as the interplay between demonic muse and author.In the last paragraph the narrator tells us what happens at the conclusion of the Demon’s story. We read, “And as the Demon made an end of his story, he fell back within the cavity of the tomb and laughed. And I could not laugh with the Demon, and he cursed me because I could not laugh.” Perhaps this is true to form for Edgar Allan Poe - unlike many other writers and poets who can stand back and laugh at themselves, laugh and not take their writing or their life all that seriously, Poe was not such a writer. Judging from his photograph, Poe doesn’t look like a man who had many a belly-laugh in his brief life; quite the contrary, Poe looks like the prototypical angst-ridden tortured romantic poet, a man who could serve as a model for many of his tales of the macabre, a man who saw his poetic muse in the form of a Demon.One final reflection on the phenomenon of silence – Composer/Experimental musician Joe Cage experienced a totally silent chamber but in that silent room he heard two sounds: one high, his nervous system and one low, his blood circulating. Perhaps Poe was being ironic with his title Silence – A Fable, since, in our very human experience of the world, silence is, in fact, a fable. There is always sound.

  • Andrei Tamaş
    2019-04-15 09:34

    Despre Poe nu mai are rost să se spună că e sumbru, însă această scriere depăşeşte limitele admise (stiu ca literatura nu are niciun fel de limite). Povestirea, cu nuanţă mitologică, are un iz din descrierea biblică (de factură iudaică): Era noapte, şi ploaia cădea. Şi căzând, era ploaie - dar după ce cădea, era sânge.Şi am blestemat cu blestemul tăcerii apa şi nuferii, şi vântul şi codrul, şi cerul şi trăsnetul, şi suspinele nuferilor.

  • Taghreed Jamal el deen
    2019-04-15 11:33

    " كانت تمطر ، وحين كانت تمطر كان الذي يتساقط مطراً ، لكنه حين يصل إلى الأرض يصير دماً "

  • Edlira Dibrani
    2019-04-08 09:18

    " It was night, and the rain fell, and falling, it was rain, but having fallen, it was blood."SCAREYYY

  • Maitha AlFalasi
    2019-03-24 10:32

    "Then I grew angry and cursed, with the curse of silence, the river, and the lilies, and the wind, and the forest, and the heaven, and the thunder, and the sighs of the water-lilies. And they became accursed, and were still. And the moon ceased to totter up its pathway to heaven- and the thunder dies away- and the waters sunk to their level and remained- and the trees ceased to rock- and the water-lilies sighed no more- and the murmur was heard no longer from among them, nor any shadow of sound throughout the vast illimitable desert. And I looked upon the characters of the rock, and they changed; and the characters were 'silence'."

  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    2019-03-28 17:17

    Δεν θα σταθώ στην ιστορία... όχι γιατί δεν αξίζει τον κόπο να το κάνω, αλλά επειδή οι λέξεις που χρησιμοποιεί ο Poe για να μας μεταφέρει εικόνες, σκέψεις, συναισθήματα, φόβους και κρυφές αγωνίες, είναι πολύ πιο έντονος απ' όσο θα μπορέσω ποτέ να το κάνω εγώ. Με περιγραφές ζωντανές, παραστατικές που κόβουν την ανάσα, και με μια άγρια γοητεία που κάνει τα πόδια σου βαριά σαν μολύβι, το "Silence" δεν μπορεί παρά να σε αιχμαλωτίσει στα δικά του σκοτάδια, κάπου ανάμεσα στον φόβο που σταλάζει από τις ψυχές μας και το αίμα που σταλάζει από την σάρκα.

  • Sakuranko
    2019-04-22 09:26

    Es una historia diferente a lo que he leído últimamente. Muchísimo suspenso por parte de Poe con esta historia, realmente transmite mucha oscuridad y encanta todo lo sombrío aunque esperaba algo más, con ese final se coronó. Un gran relato y me ha gustado. La risa fue algo muy interesante.3 ESTRELLAS!

  • Person113
    2019-04-15 15:34

    There really isn't much to say about this brief Edgar Allan Poe fable. It's quite well written and somewhat haunting in its own way, and I'd definitely recommend it for those interested in Poe, for it is a quick, easy, and interesting read.

  • Mohsen M.B
    2019-04-15 10:31

    مطمئن نیستم اما به نوعی گنگ بود که گویا از خود اثر نیست؛ آیا از برای ترجمه بود؟ نمیدانم

  • David Doyle
    2019-03-23 17:19

    Very short and odd little piece. A man isn't scared off by all the mind-bendingly terrible things a demon shows him (rain that once it's on the ground becomes blood or water-lilies shrieking in their beds). However, once the demon ceases all that and it becomes calm, the man becomes scared of the silence and runs off. Okay, it's a queer story up to this point and packs a lot of imagery in a short amount of space, but it's followed by one paragraph that I suppose is meant to inform what we've just read, to make clear the meaning, but instead just leaves me baffled. I suppose I need an English professor to help me understand.

  • Knigoqdec
    2019-04-13 11:33

    "Слушай какво ще ти кажа - промълви Демонът..."Също както и при "Сянка", "Тишина" е красота, самота и тъга. Магия, мрак и ужасяваща светлина. Но най-вече - приказка... за тишина.На скалата пишеше "САМОТА"...На скалата пише "ТИШИНА"...

  • Natasha P.
    2019-04-16 10:20

    -Escuchame- dijo el demonio, poniendo su mano sobre mi cabeza... Así comienza esta fabula, que sin duda aguan te logra erizar todos los vellos desde su inicio hasta el final, Solo Edgar sabe hacer un silencio tan intenso a través de sus palabras.

  • David Wright
    2019-04-05 13:26

    A lot of imagery was used in this very short story, detailing the torments of the Roman by the Demon. The beauty of this is that after all of the chaos the Demon shows the subject of this tale, it is his own interpretation of horror when silence descends that drives him away. I may have misinterpreted Poe's intent for this fable, but for me, this is how it came across (There is nothing worse than your own imagination).

  • Maryam
    2019-04-19 10:20


  • Luis Estrada
    2019-03-28 12:33

    Silence: A Fable By Edgar Allan Poe January 4 1840 Philadelphia Saturday Courier. The story its about a demon recounts the story of how he tormented man in the Congo. The man was seated on a rock on the edge of a churning river. The river was bordered by water and surrounded by a forest of poisoned shadows. The man trembles in fear but did not run from the world he saw. Demon then cast a spell that turned the world into a violent one. The winds raged, the earth shook but the man remained still trembling. The demon then cast a spell of silence, the earth ceased to move,the wind stopped as did the water, there was complete silence, the man stood and strained to hear something. The man was the overcome with terror.I really enjoyed this book its really really good but trust me I read it more than two times to understand it and I investigate in google but trust me you have to read this story you will like it and also you have to read the other Short Stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe because you will enjoy his dark smart mind.

  • Sally
    2019-04-15 16:25

    Eeriely beautiful, vaguely doomed, gently rocking betwixt the bizarre lullaby tones is the imagery of the dreary river Zaire and crimson moon and rustling primal forests and sighing waterlilies and rain that is rain when it falls but is blood when it is fallen, a demon and a man in the wake of chaos and silence. What it means, I will need more time to think about. I only know I am completely spell bounded.

  • Zeinab Tajouri
    2019-04-22 09:27

    "It was night, and then rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood. And I stood in the morass among the tall and the rain fell upon my head, and the lilies sighed one unto the other in the solemnity of their desolation."This one was definitely interesting and very deep, I liked the describtion it was easy to imagine, and the writing was excellent.

  • M. Ashraf
    2019-04-05 09:27

    "Listen to me!... Said the Demon"from a world of chaos to the silence of the tomb, a world of nothing!, where the only sound you hear in this empty space is the laugh of the demon!A very short fable! the description and the symbolism were great! and it was very easy to read yet not that much to understand. Listen to the Fable

  • Diana
    2019-04-19 13:15

    Para mí no es uno de sus mejores relatos "...y en las escasas arrugas de sus mejillas leí las fábulas de la tristeza, del cansancio, del disgusto de la humanidad, y el anhelo de estar solo".

  • Melissa
    2019-04-12 14:21

    Most beautiful writing I've ever sincerely felt. Poe exhibits true magic in such a small amount of words.

  • Hanan
    2019-04-19 15:36

    The symbolism here is magnificent. A short read that gives deep insight.

  • Yogesh Tak
    2019-04-20 17:26

    “It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood."Beautiful writing!

  • Lou
    2019-04-09 17:16

    Dear Poe, although I love your stories, I couldn't get into this one...

  • Brian
    2019-04-01 12:36

    I was first introduced to this by an audio performance that Our Fair City did for Hallowe'en 2012, having never heard of it before. So that's probably why I have such a high opinion of it. "Silence: A Fable" is prose poetry, about a mood and images in the mind rather than plot or characters, and listening to it read, accompanied with faint music and sound effects for the roaring hippopotami, the howling wind, and the mysterious forest does a lot to help set the mood. I still have that episode of the podcast saved on my phone and listen to it sometimes. Lines like"And the rock was grey, and ghastly, and tall, --and the rock was grey."fall a bit flat when read on the page, but are much better read aloud. Described, the story sounds silly. There's a demon and he's telling our unnamed narrator about something that happened to him in Libya, where a man was standing on the rock and the demon tried to scare him with various noises until what finally worked was completely silence. Which, well, people would rather zap themselves than sit and think, so I find that to be eminently believable. The man in the toga of old Rome is one of those people who would push the zapping button because it turns out that solitude contains even more horrors then people do.There's a quote that I really like:"And his brow was lofty with thought, and his eye wild with care; and, in the few furrows upon his cheek I read the fables of sorrow, and weariness, and disgust with mankind, and a longing after solitude."I often identify with that quote, but I think the story's ending shows the problem with that attitude. Other people are terrible so he seeks refuge in the wilderness, and then he all he has left to listen to are his own thoughts...well. I can identify with that, too."Silence: A Fable" can be read here. But read it aloud, or have someone read it to you who has practice with reading to others. You'll get much more out of it then.

  • Jason
    2019-04-06 16:32

    I just need to accept that I'm never going to be smart enough to understand what this man is trying to say. I didn't understand this when I read it. I understood it a little better after researching it, but that's not going to change my rating. As I've explained before (and I have a sinking feeling this will be the case for a lot of Poe's stories), if you have to point out why I should like something then you've lost me.Apparently silence is what man fears most. I can totally get on board with that, and I wish I had been able to figure out that theme for myself. Being trapped in my own head with no distractions is no fun sometimes; other times it's a lark. It depends on the day.Regardless, I came to be entertained and I wasn't. Maybe the language is too heavy. Maybe there are too many literary devices I don't/can't appreciate in here. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to have to do a lot of heavy thinking to appreciate a story. Some people get downright orgasmic over Poe's works and his genius. There's a lot of English lit frippery in this, and one could get some hellacious jollies off of it if one is into such things. Maybe it takes a genius to appreciate a genius, and I'm just not there. Maybe it's just personal preference. After all, Dickens is also pretty heavy, and I love his shit. I'd probably enjoy reading the US Tax Code if Dickens wrote it. Poe, not so much. So, one star for this.

  • Marshall Wayne Lee
    2019-04-18 10:25

    Silence: A Fablereally a bit of prose poetry, that will need a few readings, some discussions, reading of critical analysis in order to have an firm idea about the message. In one article, I read that this is about a demon who tortured a man. That demon is telling our narrator about the event. I must admit that I didn't get the sense that the demon was doing anything; I read him more as an observer of the man and watching his torment. Going with my idea that the demon is an observer, I feel that one message is that the demonic principalities actually need to do little to torment us. Even in seeking silence, or solitude, man will find himself distracted by elements of nature, wind, rain, thunder--and these will torment as as week seek to find that solitude. Unfortunately, as man works through the unsilent silence to find true quiet in solitude--that quietness, that real silence initially torments us.This is why I find this a bit more of prose poetry than prose--it has so much depth to it, that needs time and discussion to unveil. It is a good read.

  • Mohannad Hassan
    2019-04-16 13:25

    And mine eyes fell upon the countenance of the man, and his countenance was wan with terror. And, hurriedly, he raised his head from his hand, and stood forth upon the rock and listened. But there was no voice throughout the vast illimitable desert, and the characters upon the rock were SILENCE. And the man shuddered, and turned his face away, and fled afar off, in haste, so that I beheld him no more.عمل مفعم بالرمزية ... ربما تجد متعتك في محاولة تفكيك هذه الرمزية، أو في تركها مشفّرة كما هي، قرأت بعض التفسيرات لهذه القصة، منها ما اتجه لتفسير القصة في علاقة الإنسان بالطبيعة، ومنها ما اتجه لتفسير القصة في جانب روحاني مسيحي، ومنها ما أخذ جانباً حرفياً أكثر يفسر القصة في جانب سيكولوجي. أميل أكثر للتفسير الروحاني، ليس مسيحياً بالضرورة، فهو أكثر اتساقاً مع سياق القصة وعناصرها، خاصة أن عناصر الطبيعة كانت دوماً جزءاً مكوناً من أي جانب روحاني في أي ثقافة.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-10 10:09

    One of my favorites by Poe.

  • Rayner
    2019-04-09 15:29

    I loved the lyrical prose and the imagery, beautiful.

  • Kristina
    2019-04-13 17:10

    Took my words away...