Text: Burton R. Pollin, “Topics in Fifty Suggestions,” The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan PoeVol. II: The Brevities (1985), pp. liv-lv (This material is protected by copyright)


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FIFTY SUGGESTIONS — TOPICS

1    

the blackness of blue in “blue — stocking women”

2    

witticism: a newly appointed librarian now can learn to read

3    

loving your enemies versus hating friends

4    

a pun from Horace on “gravy”a pun from Horace on “gravy”

5    

cottage architecture more Dutch than would — be Gothic

6    

G. P. R. James’ novels as repetitive

7    

pun on sensational literary celebrities

8    

pun on Mirabeau’s stay at If

9    

kind words for the dead in Puckle and the Roman Twleve [[Twelve]] Tables

10    

Fourierites mistranslate Latin adage on poets.

11    

Poe disparages the spiritualist A. J. Davis.

12    

politicians compared to departing animals

13    

journalists compared to murderous Norse Gods

14    

Plain speech if cultivated leads to fish — market English.

15    

absurd fashions in long women’s purses

16    

election terminology mocked

17    

playful metaphors on the soul

18    

C. Mathews’ tearful reaction to critics

19    

morals of authors in their books and lives

20    

epigram on the discipline of children

21    

Greek deprecatory epigram applied to banks

22    

poets as especially sensitive to injustice

23    

genius as abnormal capacity

24    

pun on beauty

25    

revolutionary spirit in Great Britain — how soothable

26    

Transcendental poets show a dying taste.

27    

Taglioni, the “oppressed” dancer: a pun on lex Talionis [page lv:]

28    

Fourier and Greeley as believers in credulity

29    

French youth movement lacks a head.

30    

T. S. Arthur’s writings derided

31    

Mathews’ poem derided with French metaphor

32    

publisher’s lack of critical ability illustrated

33    

critical injustice perpetrated by emphasizing the lesser merits of writers

34    

the development of “Habit” explained

35    

Barrett’s “Lady Geraldine” weakly derived from “Locksley Hall”

36    

Decuppis’ discovery of a new planet queried

37    

Boileau line quoted on “ignorance is bliss”

38    

Bryant and Street compared as descriptive poets

39    

the relation between beauty and genius

40    

Mathews’ “American Drama” deprecated

41    

T. Moore — a fanciful poet, but not imaginative

42    

“Suspect” needs new adjectival form.

43    

Spenser’s verse repunctuated by Poe for witticism

44    

Miss Edgeworth deprecated in evaluation of fashion

45    

The People should obey, not shape the laws.

46    

Mathews book is unreadable.

47    

Greeley’s boot has the shape of Italy.

48    

Webster’s Dictionary more English than the English

49    

Poe doubts the “seven wise men” existed.

50    

Critics try, unsuccessfully, to imitate Macaulay.

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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