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Annabel Lee Poetic Analysis
Transcript of Annabel Lee Poetic Analysis
The Romantic Speaker
Additional Poetic Techniques
The setting has several Gothic elements, as the kingdom by the sea is lonely and in an undefined and mysterious location. He weaves a hazy, romantic atmosphere around the kingdom until he ends with the horrific image of a "sepulchre there by the sea."
The poem mentions the youth of the unnamed narrator, as it celebrates the child-like emotions in a way consistent with the Romantic era. Many Romantics viewed adulthood as a corruptions of the purer instincts of childhood. Accordingly, Poe treats the narrator's childhood love as fuller and more eternal than the love of adults.
In the beginning of the poem the memories of Annabel Lee are all sweetness and beauty of her childhood with Poe. Then the mood of the poem begins to change. Memories of Annabel Lee's death starts to creep in Poe's thoughts. As Poe uses imagery to describe Annabel Lee's death, you can almost feel coldness of her body as her life slips away.
Internal Rhyme- rhyming of words within a line, not only at the end.
Alliteration- the repetition of consonant sounds.
Repetition- repeating the same word or phrase throughout a stanza, in order to provide emphasis.
Personification- attribution of human nature to something other than a human being.
Poe was interested in how poems fit together, and the effect that meter could have on the reader. In the first lines he mixes an anapest with an iamb
ANAPEST- two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable
IAMB- most common, an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed.
It was MA/ny and MA/ny a YEAR/ a GO/
(3 anapests followed by an iamb)
In a KING/dom BY/the SEA/
(1 anapest followed by 2 iambs)
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The Kingdom symbolizes a place far away from our own, almost as a fantasy.
The sea symbolizes evil and darkness surrounding the kingdom where Annabel and Poe grew up.
the Kinsman takes Annabel away and shuts her in a tomb, which symbolizes the interference of older people, possibly in Poe's life, who try to interefere with the speaker's or Poe's relationship. The speaker is convinced other people don't understand him.