Analysis of Annabel Lee Essay

882 Words Dec 1st, 2012 4 Pages
D’souza 1
Clayton D’souza
Mr. Morano
Monday, October 1, 2012
Everlasting love in the poem “Annabel Lee” Everyone dreams of the love of their life that is very special to them. It is the kind of person that makes their life complete and even though death their love continues on. In the poem “Annabel Lee,” Edgar Allan Poe writes of this kind of love, a love so strong “the angles not so happy in heaven went envying her and me” (lines 21-22). Poe utilizes a combination of poetic shifts and imagery, along with diction to express this everlasting love. On the literal level the poem starts off with Poe’s persona remembering his love, Annabel Lee. Many years ago the persona and Annabel Lee were both children
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Poe purposely does this the express his negativity towards the highborn kinsman for taking away Annabel Lee. In the fourth stanza he says the line “that the wind came out of the cloud by night” (line 25). All of a sudden we have a very dark and scary image of wind, clouds and night. In the last stanza is when another shift in the poem occurs. It is almost as if he accepts the death of Annabel Lee and that her death will have no affect on their love. He says the line “for the moon never beams without bringing me dreams of the beautiful Annabel lee and the starts never rise but I feel the bright eyes of the beautiful Annabel lee” (Lines 34-37). Poe went from stressing dark imagery to imagery of light, associating moonbeams with dreams about his beloved and the radiance of stars with her eyes. Poe expresses the theme of everlasting love in an excellent way thought-out the poem however it is the use of diction, shifts and imagery that convey the theme in making it a poetic masterpiece. It signifies all the heartfelt emotions of Poe’s persona and also provides readers with an insight of the type of love they are dealing with. Without the use of any of these poetic devices the poem would not be successful in getting its theme

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