Dark Romanticism In Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee

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"Life asked Death, why do people love me, but hate you? Death responded, because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth"( Unknown Author). There is no scientific equation, or secret potion to save all humanity from death. Many consider it as the crude reality of life getting rid of you from this world. There are no memories, riches, knowledge, or feelings a person can take with them during their last breath. Life fades away in seconds, and there is only pain and suffering for those that loved us, in every moment. The subgenre of literature that exposes those types of feelings is Dark Romanticism. Edgar Allan Poe has been considered a literary genius and a major figure of American Literature for his incredible, horrific, melancholic, …show more content…
In the poem of "Annabel Lee" we see how the narrator also battles with his sorrow, he mourns the precipitated death of his beloved partner. We witness the young love, but beyond it his bizarre obsession with Annabel. " This was the reason that , long ago / in this kingdom by the sea / a wind blew out of a cloud chilling / my beautiful Annabel Lee" (13-16) . Here the narrator starts by, blaming the terrible weather suggesting the reader that those circumstances affected Annabel like when the wind is trying to blow out a candle light. Around this stanza the narrator does not mention that she has passed away yet , but the feeling of blame and anger are clear in those lines, not only with the wind, but with life in general. Both men were making the burden of their grief a harder experience. The unrealistic moments the narrators were experiencing were also influenced by the their poor control of emotions. After the death of their partners it was very difficult for them to reenter the social circle. In the poem of Annabel Lee the narrator says, " The angels, not half so happy in heaven / went envying her and me " (21-22). He blames the jealousy the angels of heaven and makes that the cause of his …show more content…
The reader understands by this that even death could not separate them, that their love is un breakable by any available matter .But he wants to spend his nights cuddling next to her cadaver because he believes that would be her wish, to spend all her nights with him . " Neither the angels in the heaven above / nor the demons down under the sea, / can never dissever my soul from the soul / of the beautiful Annabel Lee " (29-32). The narrator goes back again to their tied love and that nobody will ever separate them not even celestial beings or demonic ones. He implies that that their souls were meant for one another, and that not even death wills separate them. The narrator of "The Raven" is more delusional to the situation and instead feels that Lenore is paying him a visit , or has sent this ebony bird to grant him a message. " Then, upon the velvet sinking, / I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore / What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore / Meant in croaking “Nevermore.” (69-72). The narrator is desperate to know what this sinister bird was trying to tell him with the word "nevermore" he believed this creature had been sent for a reason to him, and he wanted to discover the hidden reason. It is why he uses all those adjectives to describe

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