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Setting: "It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea" (line 1) The opening of the poem sets the setting in the past to a very long time ago by the sea.
Speaker: "I was a child and she was a child" (line 7) This quote shows that the speaker and his lover were both just kids when this occurred. After losing his lover, the speaker was alone with his thoughts and memories of Annabel. This made the speaker turn very dark and depressed. "the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams of the beautiful Annabel Lee... I lie down by the side of my darling... in her tomb by the surrounding sea." (line 34)
Symbol: The Sea "the demons down under the sea... life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea." (line 31) In this poem, the biggest symbol is the sea. Poe uses the sea as a symbol that pulls humans and nature together. The sea also represents how lonely and cold the speaker feels after the loss of Annabel.
Theme: Love is the most obvious theme in this poem. Although the love shared between Annabel and the speaker is twisted, the basic theme of love is still prominent. "And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me." (line 5)
Imagery: "For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams... And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes of the beautiful Annabel Lee" (line 34) This stanza uses imagery to produce a picture of the speaker's hurt and remembrance of Annabel Lee.
Refrain: "Annabel Lee" (line 4) Poe repeats his lost lover's name numerous time to show the loss and sadness that the speaker feels for her.
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