Comparing Poe's Annabel Lee And The Raven

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer and editor who wrote short stories and poems full of mystery, horrifying, sad, and disturbing content. A lot of his stories also involved death, mainly on beautiful women. He wrote some poems based on his life full of sadness and about people he knew who died throughout his life. His two main stories based on sadness and grief over a death are “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”. Poe uses lost love in “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven” to prove that death is difficult to accept. In “Annabel Lee”, poe uses a perspective of a man who lost his wife and shows that their love is inseparable. The narrator in the poem, he grieves in sorrow over the death of Annabel Lee and that he still dreams and thinks of her. “So that her highborn kinsman came and bore her away from me, to shut her up in a sepulchre” (Poe 1). Annabel Lee was taken away by her upper-class family members and that the family and death were trying to tear their love apart, by shutting her up in a sepulchre or a tomb. She died leaving the speaker alone and grieving because he wasn't able to be with her before and after her death and he couldn't let go his love for her. The narrator in the poem still cannot accept the death of Annabel Lee and he can’t spend one moment without thinking of her or being with her. “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side of my darling my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea” (Poe …show more content…
“Annabel Lee” shows the grieving and suffering narrator who lost his wife and can't accept her death because their love is unbreakable. “The Raven” shows another perspective of a hopeless man who also lost his wife and just lost hope and is in sorrow. Both stories give a sad and sorrowful feel and tone about losing a loved one. Edgar Allan Poe wrote great stories showing that death is hard to accept for everlasting

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