Emily Lee 's An Obsessive Nature Of The Speaker 's Love Essay

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than love” (lines 7-9), the speaker’s obsessive feelings towards this familial character are seen as he declares the depth of their love in a time when they were both children. Moreover, it can be concluded that the speaker exemplifies an obsessive love towards Annabel Lee. The obsessive nature of the speaker’s love for her is highlighted in “and so all the night-tide, I lie down by the side of my darling- my darling- my life and bride, in her sepulcher there by the sea-“ (lines 38-40). The speaker’s enslaving love for Annabel Lee does not allow him to grasp the fact that she is dead and let her go. Instead, the speaker lies next to her tomb every night thus characterizing him as mentally unstable which can be attributed to her death.

In Poe’s “To Helen”, the speaker demonstrates an obsession with Helen- the subject of the poem. For starters, the speaker finds comfort in her. In “thy beauty is to me like those Nicean barks of yore” (lines 1-2) the reader see’s that Helen’s classic beauty has reminded the speaker of ancient times, simultaneously characterizing her as beautiful, the best of her kind, and comforting. Furthermore, the simile is used to compare her to a ship who brings him home thus reiterating the idea that she helps him find his way. She is familiar, comforting, inspirational, and idol-like. In “weary way-worn wanderer” (line 4) the reader sees that the speaker is trying to go back home because he is drawn to her hearth. This illustrates that being away…

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