It is apparent, however, that many French literary figures and composers believed that Poe composed "The Raven" in the manner depicted in "The Philosophy of Composition." Maurice Ravel , in a July 1931 interview, stated that "the finest treatise on composition, in my opinion, and the one which in any case had the greatest influence upon me was [Poe's] "Philosophy of Composition... I am convinced that Poe indeed wrote his poem "The Raven" in the way that he indicated." Charles Baudelaire believed that the "unity of impression, the totality of effect" described by Poe endowed a composition with "a very special superiority." 
late 14c., "action of combining," also "manner in which a thing is composed," from Old French composicion (13c., Modern French composition ) "composition, make-up, literary work, agreement, settlement," from Latin compositionem (nominative compositio ) "a putting together, connecting, arranging," noun of action from past participle stem of componere (see composite ). Meaning "art of constructing sentences" is from 1550s; that of "literary production" (often also "writing exercise for students") is from . Printing sense is 1832; meaning "arrangement of parts in a picture" is from 1706.