Poem Analysis: Annabel Lee By Edgar Allan Poe

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Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

“Annabel Lee” is a poem written by the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. He was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe lived a lifelong struggle with depression and alcoholism which worsened when his wife, Virginia, died. On October 3, 1849, he was found in Baltimore in a state of semi-consciousness and died four days later of what medical practitioners later showed, through evidence, was rabies.

Both Poe´s father and mother was professional actors who died three years after his birth. He was raised by John and Frances Allan as a foster child in Richmond, Virginia. Poe mastered the academics but had to leave his university when he got serious gambling debts that his foster parents refused to pay.

In 1827, his first collection of poems was published, Tamerlane and Other Poems. He later
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His stories mark him as one of the originators of both horror and detective fiction and today many anthologies credit him as the “architect” of the modern short story.

“Annabel Lee” is a romantic love story, first-person narrated from the perspective of Annabel Lee´s lover. The characters of the poem include Annabel Lee and the narrator who fell in love with Annabel. The narrator is unknown and does not recognise him/herself in the poem. Neither any outer preferences nor personalities were described, other than Annabel Lee being described as beautiful by her lover.

The poem is set in a fictional kingdom by the sea, which is a recurring quote of the poem. I would assume the poem is located somewhere in the countryside as the text express a slight rural feeling when they are constantly repeating the word “sea”. When Annabel’s lover said “In her sepulchre there by the sea, In her tomb by the sounding sea.” the theory of it being located in a more urban area didn’t

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