Explain the verses which were entitled "The Haunted Palace"in short story, "The fall of the house of Usher by Poe
In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace-
Radiant palace-reared its head.
In the monarch Thought's dominion-
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!
Interpretation: In a good place where angels lived a palace came into being. The angels never saw a place so fair.
POE: Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow,
(This-all this-was in the olden
Time long ago,)
And every gentle air that dallied,
In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.
Interpretation: This was a long time ago and everyone who went there was able to carry a little of its happiness away with him or her.
POE: Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically,
To a lute's well-tuned law,
Round about a throne where, sitting
In state his glory well-befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.
And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.
Interpretation: In these two verses, all good things of the senses are described as well as the praise for the king's cunning.
POE:But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch's high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn!-for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.
Interpreation: All those good things were a long time ago and since then, evil sinister things have buried the joy of the kingdom.
POE: And travellers, now, within that valley,
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh-but smile no more.
Interpretation: The people who are there now are not happy. Things are of "discord"-and any laughter is without a smile- because it is laughter gratified by the pain or misfortune of others.