Annabel Lee By Edgar Allan Poe Essay
“Annabel Lee” was written in May of 1849 by Edgar Allen Poe, just a few months prior to his death. First appearing in the Southern Literary Messenger in November of 1849 after Poe’s death. This poem refers to a number of different women Poe had in his life, but most people think this poem refers to the memory of Virginia Clemm. Virginia Clemm married Poe when she was thirteen, and died in 1847 before she turned twenty-five. The poem has this romantic image of a beautiful girl who was taken away from this life too sudden and too young. In “Annabel Lee”, Poe uses imagery and diction to create a supernatural and mythical setting when telling a story of how a powerful love and nature created a wonderful but also painful memory.
When I first read Annabel Lee I did not understand what it was saying, but after reading the poem a few more times, I started to grasp the story being told. I thought it was very romantic how his love was so strong for Annabel that even when she was dead, his love for her was not. However, his love was also very obsessive after she died and it managed to corrupt his life. “But our love it was stronger by far / than the love of those who were older than we, / of many far wiser than we” (ll. 27-29). The love that the narrator has for Annabel Lee is far better than a love shared between two adults. The love between the children in this poem is mighty and pure with no darkness invading it.
In “Annabel Lee”, Poe uses imagery…