Did the styles of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens have their poetic and weighty effect because of a depth in themselves, or did they surpass their contemporaries by practicing and consciously employing techniques of rhetoric until it became natural to them? If they developed their voices, and their voices were not inherent in them, why can't any one of us develop a voice as powerful as theirs? Are we to equate the power of a voice to the power of the person who projects it? No doubt they had not the slightest ability over any one of us, except for their ability to evoke the feeling of power in people who read their words. What do you think?