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Annabel Lee Analysis

Author: poem of Edgar Allan Poe Type: poem Views: 506

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It was many and many a year ago,

   In a kingdom by the sea,

That a maiden there lived whom you may know

   By the name of Annabel Lee--

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

   Than to love and be loved by me.

She was a child and I 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--

With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,

   In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud by night

   Chilling my Annabel Lee;

So that her high-born kinsman came

   And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

   In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

   Went envying her and me:--

Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,

   In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of a cloud, chilling

   And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love

   Of those who were older than we--

   Of many far wiser than we--

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:--

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes

   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,

   In her sepulchre there by the sea--

   In her tomb by the side of the sea.


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believes that their love is so strong that it extends beyond the grave and the two souls are still entwined in a way. there is no way that the angles (Seraphs) can break their love.

| Posted on 2012-02-11 | by a guest

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I think Annabel Lee isn\'t a woman.It is a symbol of his desire of perfect woman and perfect love.He is looking for perfect love in a child way and at the end he realizes that there is no perfect love iin this kingdom.In other words in real life we can\'t find perfect love.

| Posted on 2012-01-19 | by a guest

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My english teacher said that Annabel Lee isn\'t a woman, but actually a boat. I\'m not joking, and reading the poem again... it makes sense.

| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest

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this poem is based on poes wife and mother (he seems to loose all the women in his life)

| Posted on 2011-02-02 | by a guest

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it may also say what he would do when she died. The fact that he\'s lying down by her side when she is dead can be interpretaed as necrophilia, but also as srangely beautiful and etermal love. ahae loves her so much that every day, he comes and lies with her dead, cold body.

| Posted on 2010-10-19 | by a guest

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Seems that Poe is trying to communicate on many many levels. It is obvious that he and Annabel Lee created their own little world and they treasured it. It also illustrates how life is unfair and sometimes unexplainable though we have common sense...but common sense is not a part of the world they created. His agony while tortuous, remains his constant companion while he is separated from the love of his life. The sea is symbolic because it gives analogy to their undying and ever-growing love. The kingdom while dark and gothic is the temporary playground for their love. Poe lends his mind to dare to love even after death!

| Posted on 2010-02-18 | by a guest

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I feel that the wind could signify sickness, as cold is directly assumed to be involved in illness. So, I believe he saw the "wind" or illness take her away slowly, and he wished that he could be taken away aswell. The angels part I thought meant that heaven didn't want them to be together, and that he would always love his Annabel Lee. I'm writing an essay on this poem for my eighth grade essay!

| Posted on 2010-02-16 | by a guest

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I think this poem is about his wife, Virginia and how she had died. "That the wind came out of a cloud, chilling And killing my Annabel Lee." This quote meaning her death was sent from above. The angels were jealous of there inosent love,"Of those who were older than we-- Of many far wiser than we--". Therefore, the ocean took her life. Now he awaits the tide to take him too. Just a throw at it! I know there's alot more but my laziness overwhelms my brain!

| Posted on 2010-01-17 | by a guest

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Honestly, I think its obvious that "Annabel Lee" is a childhood sweetheart of Poe's & I'm guessing her family "highborn kinsman" took her away from him.

| Posted on 2009-11-28 | by a guest

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i am a student.annalyzing this poem.I think this poem means that Poe lost his dear wife, Annabel in a very..hard way.it's an excellent piece by Poe.kudos to him ^_^

| Posted on 2009-05-07 | by a guest

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did you know that he married his wife, virginia when she was just 13.

| Posted on 2009-05-05 | by a guest

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The poem could also be about a childhood friend or girlfriend.

| Posted on 2008-10-27 | by a guest

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So the refrain of kingdom by the sea is because she was buried in the sea?
It seemed that is was more symbolic than literal.

| Posted on 2008-03-20 | by a guest

.: Analysis of "Annabel Lee" :.

Here's a quick, brief summary:
This poem is simply dedicated to Poe's dead wife, Virginia. They're love for one another allows them to create their own fantasy world, where they live in a castle by the sea. The speaker says that the angels in Heaven envyed how blissful the two lovers were and drew them apart by death. This leads to "Annabel Lee's" "high kinsmen", or wealthy relatives, placing her in a tomb by the sea. Here Poe lies next to her, trying to bring back the times when they were together, and reflecting on the moments they shared. My theory is that he might be lying next to Annabel Lee waiting for the tide to come in, and kill him, so he could join her in Heaven with the jealous angels. However, I am not entirely sure of that.
Literary techniques include end rhymes, rhyming meter, alliteration, and imagery. The end rhymes have a unique pattern, yet unlike a sonnet's, which is unusual for Poe's writing.
Here is the conclusion to my "brief" summary, and I hope it helped and got your minds to work. If you have anything else to add, please add it, so I can reflect on it and have something to chew on. And remember, don't get caught up in the past! ;)
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| Posted on 2007-02-28 | by a guest

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