The Cambridge Companion to Edgar Allan Poe

Students of literature from the united states, France, Britain, and Canada mirror present attitudes in the direction of the paintings people author and poet Poe (1809-49).

Most give some thought to his fiction, yet 3 examine his severe writing, and just one examines the poetry that he was once top identified for through the early twentieth century.

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Spice bush the Caroline allspice or sweet bubby bush, a healing plant used as a stimulant. • hazel a valuable shrub whose bark has curative powers. It is steeped into a strong, aromatic, antiseptic tea similar to rubbing alcohol for bathing scratches, sores, and sprains. Indian healers used it for treating tuberculosis. • burr the prickly outer shell of the chestnut. • buttonwood the sycamore or planetree, which produces a buttonshaped blossom. • dugout the world’s first boat, a heavy wooden canoe made by peeling bark from a stout tree trunk, flattening the bottom with a plane, and then burning out the heartwood.

In late winter, homesickness overtakes True Son, whose mind sadly dwells on the foods of home and the faces of his Indian mother and sisters. During the first warm days of spring, he and Gordie take Dock, the horse that True Son rode from Carlisle, and set out to locate Corn Blade. However, Mr. Butler, Uncle Wilse, and a farmer named Neal overtake the two boys near the narrows of the Susquehanna. Wilse accuses True Son of lying and stealing. Mr. Butler makes no effort to stop Wilse’s ranting at True Son and determines to watch the boys more carefully.

When he finally reaches his Indian home, Cuyloga welcomes his son. ” True Son is glad to see no roads, cultivated fields, fencing, or clocks, all of which are symbols of white dominance. A “constant wheeling unfoldment of the river” becomes a seemingly unobstructed path back to Indian territory. ” They hunt at night by jack-lighting. Lashing a lighted pine knot to the bow of the dugout, the rower steers close to animal watering spots. While the animals stand riveted by the light, the hunter shoots at the prey.

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