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Like his famous rhythmic poems, "The Bells" and "The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe uses this device to emulate the beating heart in his famed horror short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart." After the narrator kills the old man with the evil eye and buries him in pieces beneath his floor, he believes he still hears the heart beating. Poe gives the reader the ability to feel the heart beat by his rhythmic use of words in the final paragraphs.
- I foamed—I raved—I swore! I swung the chair...
- It grew louder—louder—louder!
- Almighty God!—no, no! They heard!—they suspected!—they knew!—
- now—again!—hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!
- I admit the deed!—tear up the planks! here, here!—
The "up, down, up, down" rhythms are consistent with that of a beating heart or a ticking clock.
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