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Analysis of ‘’Annabel Lee’’

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Using a melodic narrative form, the speaker laments the death of many years ago, of his beloved young bride Annabel Lee. The envious angels caused the girl’s death to “dissever” (separate) the young married couple. He tells briefly of her funeral and entombment” in her sepulcher… by the sea. ” The narrator then reveals that he has been unable to accept their separation.

Since her death, he has spent night after night at her tomb, an astonishing and perverse example of the immortality of young love.

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Edgar Allan Poe was dedicated to his late wife, she died of tuberculosis, two years after its publication of ‘’The Raven’’. Poe uses figurative language in this poem: Simile, Metaphor, and Hyperbole. Poe didn’t use Simile in this poem, but he used Metaphor and Hyperbole. He uses Metaphor only in the line 7 on the stanza 2 (‘I was a child and she was a child’).

He also used Hyperbole in the line 11-12 on the stanza 2 (‘With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me’), in the line 21-22 on the stanza 4 (‘The angels, not half so happy in heaven, went envying her and me’), in the line 27-28 on the stanza 5 (‘But our love it was stronger by far than the love of those who were older than we ’) and also in the line 35 on the stanza 36 (‘And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes’).

In the next part of this analysis of the Poe’s poem ‘Annabel Lee’, he used a lot of symbols that it will help to understand the poem, a symbol is a concrete or measurable quality, object, character, or place stands for an abstract concept. He used such as: ‘The sea’ in the line 2, 8, 14, 20, 24, 31, 40, and 41. The word ‘Love’ in the lines: 6, 9, 11,and 27. He used the name ‘Annabel Lee’ in the lines: 4, 10, 16, 26, 35, and 37.

He also used the word ‘Angels’ in the lines 21, and 30. And he used the word ‘Demons’ in the line 31. At the end of this Analysis of the poem ‘Annabel Lee’, I will analyze the Sound Devices of this poem. The sound devices are: Rhyme, Repetition, and Alliteration. The Rhymes of this poem are in color red, the Repetition in blue and the Alliteration with orange:

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And 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;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

For conclude this analysis of the poem of Edgar Allan Poe ‘Annabel Lee’ we can understand the poem and what the author wanted us to understand your poem. We now know what are the Figurative Languages, the Symbols, and the Sound Devices. In my opinion I like this poem because I like the way that the author use the Rhymes and the Symbols, but exists one reason why I do not like the poem, because it is about the unloved, because I do not like the unloved and I like the happiness and love. Well, for conclude all of this, it is a good poem.

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Analysis of ‘’Annabel Lee’’. (2016, Oct 02). Retrieved from https://graduateway.com/analysis-of-annabel-lee-2/

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