Read the ballad in the story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Does it relate somewhat to the proprietor of the mansion?
Early within "The Fall of the House of Usher," Poe's narrator expresses shocked amazement to the degree to which Roderick Usher has physically deteriorated, compared to when they were young. Usher is depicted as a person who is in the process of severe psychological and physical collapse (a fact which Usher himself is well aware of).
With that in mind, when we come to the ballad, be aware that within the story itself this poem was actually written by Roderick Usher. Much like his paintings, this song provides insight into his own tortured psyche and offers a window into his own...
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