Araby and Eveline: A Modern Poetry style

Araby and Eveline are two short stories that display a significant amount of imagery and a fantastic sensory feel to them. The beginning of each piece begins similar to that of poetic sequence, particularly at the beginning of Araby, “When the short days of winter came dusk fell before we had well eaten our dinners. When we met in the street the houses had grown sombre.” (2219). The use of imagery in this explanation of the winter days also has a rhythmic poetic style of writing. It feels as though it is meant to be read in a poetic fashion, especially with the amount of distinctly vibrant sensory language.

Eveline, similarly to Araby, has a poetic beginning, “She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue. Her head was leaned against the window curtains and in her nostrils was the odour of dusty cretonne.” (2222). The description of this woman seems to have a poetic nature, in that most modern poetry has this distinct of a description. The ends of the stories also could have a similarity to modern tragic poetry. The characters in the end all seem to result in tragedy, which could also be seen as writing to be read in a rhythmic manner as well. The way he describes the end of Eveline has definite poetic qualities of a modern tragedy, “She set her white face to him, passive, like a helpless animal” (2225). These aspects of his writing are more descriptive and poetic than other short stories such as these.


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