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

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“Annabel Lee”, written by Edgar Allen Poe, was published in 1849. This poem depicts the love story between two young people. Their love was deep and passionate. So passionate in fact that it caused the angels to become angry and jealous. Their love ended up being Annabel Lee’s downfall, as the speaker of the poem believes the angels sent down a wind to cause Annabel to fall ill and die. The last half of the poem describes the endurance of their love. What makes this poem so compelling is Edgar’s marvelous use of imagery and symbolism, rhythm, repetition, and rhyme. Annabel Lee features incredibly rich imagery and symbolism throughout the poem. The imagery, with the assistance of the rhythm, causes the poem to come alive. While the words Poe used are not unfamiliar or difficult to digest (middle diction), the way that he forms the words into images gives them a beauty and mystery that allows them to appear in a new and unusual light. While this poem creates strong images, actual details are not handed to the reader. The reader is able to create vibrant images in his/her head by using the emotions the poem evokes rather than concrete details. One of the major symbols highlighted in the poem is the kingdom by the sea. The kingdom by the sea is initially introduced in the second line of the first stanza. Though the kingdom is constantly referred to throughout the poem, Poe doesn’t describe the ascetics of the kingdom. Due to the lack of detail, the kingdom feels mysterious,…

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