What is an arabesque?
In classical music arabesque is music thought to sound like Arabian music.
It actually means this. An ornamental design, arabian.
An arabesque is a dance position in which a dancer stands on one leg with the other raised backwards and the arms outstretched.
The term, arabesque has two literal meanings. The first being, a position in which a dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched. The other, being more closely associated to Islamic history (as this was originated in the Ummayad era) would be defined as; intertwined designs that consist of intricate lines and patterns.
"Arabesque" comes from the Arabic word 'arab, meaning "Arab". This root was borrowed into Greek as araps and into Latin as arabs. The -esque suffix is the French version of an adjective-forming suffix that is apparently of Germanic origin and is cognate with English "-ish" as in "Jewish" or "Spanish".
It might not be possible to tell which tales are grotesque and which are arabesque, since it seems that even Poe himself did not see them that way, in other words as being one or the other. In his preface to the work he does not state which are which. The work is a two volume set and there were no distinctions that the grotesque tales were in one volume and the arabesque tales were…