The Fall of the House of Usher

the fall of the house of usher by edgar allan poe

What function does usher's song "The Haunted Palace" serve in the story? (explain in a least six sentences with a couple of direct quotes.)

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The song in the story serves as a window into Roderick's tortured psyche.  One of these sets of verses, called "The Haunted Palace," tells of a beautiful castle in a green valley, inhabited by "the monarch Thought." Spirits move, and troops of "Echoes" sing the wisdom of their king. It is a kind of paradise. But "evil things" invade, reducing the palace to a place of "discordant melody." This of course represents the the story of the Usher family and their house.