Annabel Lee
Updated: 12/3/2020
Annabel Lee

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  • Speaker
  • Setting
  • Symbol
  • "Than to love and be loved by me" (line 6)"But we loved with a love that was more than love- I and my Annabel Lee-" (lines 9 & 10) Because of the proximity in time of his wife dying and the publication of the poem, readers can infer Poe wrote this poem in remembrance of his wife Virginia. Poe is writing about how much he loved her but uses a different name to remain mysterious in his sorrowfulness.
  • Imagery
  • "In a Kingdom by the sea" (lines 2, 8, 14, 20, 24).Poe uses this setting to express the fairytale type of love he and his wife had. The image used displays a young couple, Poe and Virginia, who fall deeply in love and plan to live happily ever after. A kingdom by the sea represents a private location in which Poe and Virginia could live life unbothered by the standards and problems of the world.
  • Refrain
  • "In this Kingdom by the sea"That the wind came out of the cloud by night, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee." (Lines 24-26).The sea can cause havoc at any moment. The once lively Annabel Lee has now died, and the catastrophic weather displays the mood and symbol of Annabel Lee's death.
  • Theme
  • "With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven coveted her and me. "(lines 11-12).Poe's writing exhibited the love he and his wife shared despite the poem describing the heartache of her death. He wants readers to capture the image of their strong love while also realizing her death caused heartache within himself.
  •  "In this kingdom by the sea" (Lines 2, 8, 14, 20, 24)."of the beautiful Annabel Lee" (Lines 33, 35, 37).Poe repeats these lines throughout the poem which connects his fairy tale love to a prince and princess who live in a kingdom. Also, Poe wants to express his opinion to readers that his wife was the most beautiful of all
  • "But we loved with a love that was more than love" (line 9). "And neither the angels in Heaven above nor the demons down under the sea can ever dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annabel Lee" (lines 30-33)Although, the theme in most of Poe's poem is death, the love he displays is overbearing. In fairy tales, love overpowers death. Neither the angels or the demons could separate the eternal love Poe reveals for his deceased wife.
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