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Transcript of Annabel Lee
A long time ago, there was a young girl: Annabel Lee who lived in a kingdom by the sea. Her soul purpose was to love and be loved. Her family frowned upon her love interest and would do anything to separate them. We think Annabel and the speaker come from different classes. One night a cold wind blew and Annabel Lee lost her life. According to the speaker, in his eyes their love was stronger than death. It was proven by the lack of distance even after her death. Our speaker wants us to know that his love for Annabel Lee wasn't just a teenage crush. A little thing like death isn't going to separate him from Annabel Lee. Not even angels or devils could do that. He still sees her everywhere, in his dreams and in the stars. In fact he still loves her so much (here's where it gets really weird) that he goes and lies down with her in her tomb every night. Creepy.
Lesson of the poem is eternal love
Type of poem
Narrative- tells a story
"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-"
We feel this line stuck out the most because it gives the reader a feel of how young and in love the characters were (according to the speaker).
"kingdom by the
His fiance' got engaged to another man in his absence. His second wife died from tuberculosis. He then returned to his first fiance'.
Born on Jan. 19, 1809, died on Oct. 7, 1849. His death remains a mystery ("Poe's Life")
Annabel Lee was published on Oct. 9, 1849 in the New York Daily. ("Edgar Allen Poe")
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BY: Edgar Allen Poe
"And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side"
"Chilling and killing my 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"
He would always love her even if she was alive or dead.
Rhyme Scheme - first stanza- a b a b c b, second stanza- d b e b f b
The rhyme scheme does not stay entirely consistent through out the poem
The long e rhyme is consistent throughout, repeating often Lee, me, and sea
Repetition is critical - Kingdom by the sea, Annabel Lee, love, me, my, darling
Internal Rhyme in the last line of stanza 4, "chilling and killing" draws extra attention to Annabel Lee's death
There are 301 words in this poem and 6 stanzas
The love between the speaker and Annabel Lee is so strong and beautiful and pure that even the seraphs, the highest order of angels in heaven, envy it. They attempt to kill this love by sending a chilling wind that kills Annabel Lee. However, the love remains alive–eternal–because the souls of the lovers remain united. The death of a beautiful woman is a common theme in Poe’s writing.
(Shmoop Editorial Team)
("Review Sheets Central)
("Edgar Allen Poe")