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Analysis of Annabel Lee

Analysis of Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee is Allen Poe’s last poem, first published on Oct. 9th, 1849 (two days after his death).

Many critics believe this is an idealized account of his dead wife, Vingina Clemm, who died in 1847. Thematically, this poem not only mourns the death of a beautiful girl, but also celebrates the timeless of love.

In six stanzas of altering four and three stress lines, the poem produces a melodious and dramatic effect. Besides the repetition in words and lines and sustained memory also enrich the passion in the poem. It has claimed the coming nation of Allen Poe’s lyrical style in his recurrent theme of loss of a beautiful and loved woman.

In Annabel Lee, Poe uses three R’s ---rhyme, rhythm and repetition to create a harmony of sounds that underscore the exquisite harmony of the narrator’s relationship with his beloved. Throughout the poem, Poe repeats the sound of long “e”. For example, in the first stanza, line 2 ends with sea, line 4 ends with Lee, and line 6 with me. Stanza 2 and 3 repeat the sea, Lee, me pattern, although stanza 3 adds a second end-rhyming sea. Stanza 4 alters the pattern to me, sea, and Lee, the last stanza uses Lee, Lee, and sea. A notable example of internal rhyme occurs in the last line of stanza 4: “Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.” The lines of the poem alternate in length between a long line (usually with 6 to 8 syllables), as in the first stanza: it was many and many a year ago (11 syllables) and in a kingdom near by the sea (7 syllables).

Poe repeats this rhythmic pattern throughout the poem, perhaps to suggest the rise and fall of the tides. He also repeats key phrases, such as in this kingdom by the sea and my Annabel Lee to create haunting refrains. In addition, Poe sometimes repeats words or word patterns within a single line, as in many and many a year ago, we loved with a love that was more than love, and my darling ---my darling. Poe further enhances the rhythm of the poem with the repetition of constant sounds, as in many and many, love and loved, and those who were older than we.

The center of this poem is Annabel Lee, but we never learn much about her expect that she was young, and her name was Annabel Lee. She hasn’t left much behind for him but the sound of a name he keeps repeating. The mood of this poem is very sad. The author seems to be remembering the happiness and love he left for Annabel Lee. He also seems ready to die because he will have a fairy tale ending and be with Annabel Lee in eternal life. He dies knowing that he will be with Annabel Lee to continue their love for each other in heaven. In his life, he will accompany with his lover. The theme of this poem is about love and death, the author loses his true love in his life, the loneliness and sadness fills in the whole poem. An ironic part to the poem is that the poem is about the death of a loved one, and Poe portrays the poem as a fairy tale which is the opposite because fairy tales often have a happy ending.

Even the author is very sad, he believes nothing can dissever their soul. Death comes to everybody, someone cries, someone complains, someone uses other ways to release his or her sadness. Poe is very unfortunate because he was experie
nced many deaths, that is the reason why his works are always dark. But I think this poem is unique and different from his other works, Poe tries to make it a fairy tale, though the ending isn’t well. Poe shows that even he is still in pain of the death of Annabel Lee, he believes that there is hope in the life and nothing can separate true love.

Even the author is very sad, he believes nothing can dissever their soul. Death comes to everybody, someone cries, someone complains, someone uses other ways to release his or her sadness. Poe is very unfortunate because he was experienced many deaths, that is the reason why his works are always dark. But I think this poem is unique and different from his other works, Poe tries to make it a fairy tale, though the ending isn’t well. Poe shows that even he is still in pain of the death of Annabel Lee, he believes that there is hope in the life and nothing can separate true love.

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