"But we loved with a love that was more than love--I and my Annabel Lee;
Theme: Love and Death
"The angels, not so happy in heaven,Went envying her and me
The setting of the poem is not less than a Disney fairy tale. as poet describes the setting by using little things such as "many years ago" and "kingdom by the sea",and towards the end of the 1st stanza, speaker introduces the main character of the poem and the love of his Annabel Lee.
They fell in love when they were young. Annabel's death challenged their love, but their love remains unbreakable. As speaker says,"I lie down by the side [..] in her tomb by the sounding sea". He spends night by he grave's side, which shows that his love for her is everlasting.
"In a Kingdom by the sea.....
The speaker is very fascinating and keeps us engaged till the end. He makes us feel his pain, his unconditional and pure love for Annabel Lee. He showed the dark side by portraying angels as a jealous being, which is not usual in literature. He left us with strong understanding of his pure love for her.
In the poem speaker uses the word 'Sepulchre', which symbolize the death of Annabel Lee and 'Highborn Kinsman' describes the intervention of the old people into their lives and also portrays 'angels' as evil being. These are symbols used by the speaker to signify the ideas.
"To shut her up in a sepulchreIn this kingdom by the sea
The important images we come across are 'the kingdom' and 'the sea' as it lets us envisage a maritime empire. He defines 'angels' as evil beings in this poem, which enables us to imagine the purity of love between the speaker and the Annabel lee.
"With a love that winged seraphs of heavencoveted her and me
"In a Kingdom by the sea" is the expression, speaker used frequently in the poem, these have become refrain, making it rhythmic and holding the readers attention.