Analysis Of The Poem ' Annabel Lee ' By Edgar Allen Poe Essay

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In the poem “Annabel Lee”, Edgar Allen Poe utilizes romantic elements, repetition and antithesis to express the themes of love that survives mortality and malicious envy that all develop from the narrator’s infatuation with his childhood love, Annabel Lee. This romance grew from a pure, innocent love into a deeply rooted infatuation as the narrator romanticized the notion of Annabel Lee.
The origin of the poems stems from the relationship between childhood sweethearts. As the narrator was a child when this connection began, his view of the relationship is larger than life. The repetition of the word kingdom helps to build this dramatic view of the romance, so from the start of the poem the relationship is already slightly exaggerated. The continued usage of this phrase puts emphasize on both the fantasy-like quality of the word choice and their relationship. Poe’s choice of using the word kingdom builds intensity and aides the comprehension of the state of their romance. Additionally, the word love is used repeatedly within the first stanzas which helps to build that same child-like intensity and belief that the two children were actually in love. The more it is repeated, the more weight it gives to the narrator and his feelings toward Annabel Lee. Repetition also helps to give structure to the later stanzas as both kingdom and love are used multiple times throughout. Each added repetition adds to the vehement feeling of love that the narrator believes was shared between…

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