Annotation In Annabel Lee

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Death has an unfortunate tendency of stealing away the one person that someone holds most dear to their heart. However, the event of physical death does not always result in the death of the intense passion someone feels towards their lover. In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee”, he uses various poetic elements to romanticize the unceasing love that a man faces after the loss of his darling bride. This is effective at producing an illustration of true and endless adoration. To begin, it does not take long to notice Poe’s frequent use of rhyme throughout the entire poem. Although inconsistent in rhyme scheme, one specific end syllable is carried throughout all six stanzas. Rhyming words such as “sea” (2), “Lee” (4), and “me” (6) are used in abundance and their presence in every stanza gives the work as a…show more content…
For example, in the last stanza Poe writes, “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side / Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride, / In the sepulcher there by the sea” (38-40). When analyzed alone, these three lines come across as disturbing and morbid as Poe is describing sleeping in a tomb with a dead corpse. This is in great contrast with the light and bouncy rhythm of his meter and rhyme scheme. The poem begins on a somewhat cheery note as Poe resembles his work to that of a fairytale by beginning with “It was many and many a year ago” (1) which is very similar in feeling to the trite phrase “Once upon a time”, and by introducing the reader to the lovely maiden of the story. Poe then proceeds to preserve this light and airy mood to disguise the darker and more ominous events of the poem. In so doing, Poe is implying that death is neither scary nor creepy as he expresses it in a cheerful and fun manner even though the overall message is much more

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