Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee

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In the poem Annabel Lee, by Edgar Allen Poe, the poem’s speaker is someone who is head over heels in love with Annabel Lee. It is claimed to be that the love-struck individual is Edgar Allen Poe. Due to the structure of the poem, it is as if it is telling a story, and the audience is an attentive group of listeners listening to a mournful and grieving love story. The poem describes a love story of a heartbroken man who grieves for his lover’s loss of his soulmate, and that they have been in love since they were young children. The man in the love story blames the angels in heaven for his lover’s death, because he believed that the angels “coveted” their love, and they decided that the man wasn’t worthy of such love. He is so obsessed with…show more content…
The speaker clearly states that he and Annabel were happier on earth than the angels were in heaven, and that’s what caused the angels to be envious. He repeats what he said in line 13, insisting that “that was the reason” why the wind came down and killed Annabel Lee. No new details were described in this stanza, except for the repetitive grieving of the heartbroken lover who can’t seem to stop thinking about that moment. Also, this lets the reader ponder about the theory of angels killing Annabel because they are jealous sounds a little out of the ordinary. In line 17, the speaker directly mentions Annabel’s death for the first time, when he talks about the wind “killing” her. This gives the reader a clue, that something tragic is about to happen to Annabel. In the next stanza, the speaker states that even if death might seem to be the end of their love, that isn’t the case for him and Annabel. Even though they were so young, that didn’t stop them from loving each other. He goes on to say that neither the angels in heaven nor the demons who live under the water can stop their love. Nothing in heaven or hell can “dissever” (separate) his and Annabel’s soul. Their love is infinite, and that no obstacles shall interfere with their
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