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Transcript of Annabel Lee
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.
Right away, Poe beings setting the tone as a fairytale by using the words "kingdom" and "maiden" 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.
Here, the word "seraphs" gives a negative meaning to angels. Instead of representing love and joy, they are twisted and evil. Covet: to desire wrongfully The angels are envious of the love that Poe and Annabel have for each other, because it is a love that is reserved for the gods. An allusion to the burial of Christ. 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. First time he names them as angels, which contrasts the fact that they are envious 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 This is the first time he directly mentions that Annabel Lee is dead. he believes that true love can exist even between two young people 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. Here, Poe compares the angels and demons. He is saying that they are not on two different sides, but both are against the speaker and Annabel 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 sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. The moon is personified when it brings dreams to the speaker about his beloved, but they turn into unhappy moments. The stars can represent Annabel's eyes or simply that the speaker sees her eyes in the sky. This imagery is beautiful and sad. Throughout the whole poem, Poe pairs "kingdom" and "sea". At the end he puts the sepluchre with the sea as a confirmation of Annabel Lee's death. Kingdom, maiden, highborn kinsmen: all refer to a fairytale; which this poem is the opposite of. Kingdom becomes the refrain of the poem.