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

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“Annabel Lee” is a poem that was written by Edgar Allen Poe in May of 1849. The poem is made up of six stanzas, some differing in length. The poem is about a young boy, the narrator, and a young girl named Annabel Lee who fall in love. Annabel Lee is killed by a wind chill and the boy mourns her passing as the poem continues. The tone of the poem is sad as the narrator has lost his Annabel Lee who he “loved with a love that was more than love” (Poe 1849) and much of the poem is about the narrator mourning the loss of his love. Poe views death as something negative as the poem is about the death of the narrator’s love and the narrator mourning hopelessly for the rest of the poem. The structure of the poem, “Annabel Lee” is one which consists of six stanzas two with eight lines, one with seven lines, and three with six lines. The stanzas also have a different rhyme pattern. Every second line is indented creating a visual pattern for the reader. Poe utilizes anapest throughout the poem which is two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one. This adds rhythm for the reader. Poe uses commas constantly throughout the poem to add small pauses in for the reader “I was a child and she was a child, in this kingdom by the sea,”(Poe 1849) For longer pauses Poe uses semicolons “My beautiful Annabel Lee; so hat her highborn kinsman came” ( Poe 1849) Hyphens are also used to make sure the reader groups some of the lines together for rhythm. The poem is about the love of Annabel…

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