The Raven and Annabel Lee connections to Poe's life

The Raven and Annabel Lee connections to Poe's life

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  • The Raven: Connection 1
  • The Raven: Connection 2
  • The Raven: Connection 3
  • "Vainly I wished to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow-sorrow for the lost Lenore." Narrator and Poe are trying to forget their loss, and despair by reading.
  • Annabel Lee: Connection 1
  • "For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore" Poe thought of women as "radiant" and "rare" angels, and he thought very highly of them.
  • Annabel Lee: Connection 2
  • "Other friends have flown before-On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before" Both narrator and Poe have experienced much loss, and are experiencing it again
  • Annabel Lee: Connection 3
  • "With a love that the winged seraphs in Heaven coveted her and me" They both loved someone dearly, so much that even angels envied them.
  • "And the moon never beams without bringing my dreams of the beautiful Annabel Lee" When Poe lost his wife, Virginia, everything reminded him of her. So much so, that he even tried to forget her altogether.
  • "I lie down by the side-of my darling-my life and my bride, in her tomb by the sounding sea." When Poe lost Virginia, he would often go out and lie on her grave at night, and even fell asleep on it a lot of the time.
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