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In Poe's literary works, how does he generally create mood?

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The mood in a story is the atmosphere that pervades the work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the reader. Edgar Allan Poe evokes specific moods in his short stories in several ways.  Most of his stories are gloomy, horrific, and eerie.  Poe was a master at producing a particular mood, usually within the first paragraph of the story. 

Poe wrote an explanation of the short story.  He listed several important ways to establish atmosphere.

Poe believed that a story should create a single effect on the audience.  In Poe’s writing, this effect was usually terror or horror. 

Poe believed that the first sentence in the story should begin to set the mood of the story.  Look at the story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the  melancholy House of...

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