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Sure there are what you call "emptiness of phrasing" in Lovecraft, and most often in culminating points, the truth is many readers find it good in the situation. I think it serves to give incomparable violence in sound and rhythm, to show "the narrator's madness or incapacity to tell", and that's the point, we don't care about the meaning anymore. Oh, when i read that you don't "see the creature", i really think you don't get it.

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  • Daniel Green is a literary critic and sometime fiction writer. His reviews, critical essays, and fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both online and in print. He has a Ph.D focusing on postwar American fiction and an M.A. in creative writing.

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