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2007:04/08 The Masque of the Red Death EA Poe


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Well, last night you might say the #Readers_Chat moved through the same phases as symbolized in our story, with the exception that our final 'room' was sleep.


We had 12 particpants and the average ranking was 4.4


Our own parallel to the story continued, as the inexorable passage of time left us - in the end - wanting more. The time flew as we examined the symbolism and writing style (supplemented with detailed passage reviews) of Poe and touched on his life and influences.


An interesting question was raised by Smiley during the discussion that may prompt further research and discussion on this forum:


<Smiley> I am wondering if there was some political motivations for him to protest isolationism during the 1840s. Could he have been advocating engagement in the Mexican War (rather than isolation) ?


Additionally, a few links of note for reference were posted (and you are encouraged to provide more with a brief explanation of the link):


<Star> this was a good article: "Ebola-Poe: a modern-day parallel of the red death?" Vora SK, Ramanan SV - Emerg Infect Dis. 2002 Dec;8(12):1521-3 http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol8no12/02-0176.htm (free full text of first medical analysis of The Masque of Red Death)


<Stormy> http://www.poedecoder.com/ The Poe Decoder is a project started by a small group of Poe enthusiasts to make criticism and information on Poe and his work available on the Internet


A wonderful, robust discussion with multi-party participation ! Loved it - you guys Rock !




Log: http://koach.com/Attachments/masquelog4-8-07.zip


Individual Rankings for this story were: 5,5,4,5,4,4,5,5,3

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