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Nicole Crespo Professor Tomko WRT 201 27 April 2015 The Beautiful “Annabel Lee” In his poem “Annabel Lee” Edger Allen Poe writes about a forbidden love that ends in a horrible tragedy. Poe uses many elements of poetry such as imagery to give the reader an impression of profoundness, symbolism to give a sense of setting, and tone to let the reader know the feelings behind the poem. With the elements of poetry the readers better understand used Poe’s theme of eternal love. It also helps us have an insight of how Poe’s perspective on the idea of love was to him. Given the background Poe’s life wasn’t an easy one which can be seen in the Poem Annabel Lee. In the poem, Poe uses visual imagery to describe many different scenes in the poem. One for example is when he describes the death of Annabel Lee, “ that the wind came out of the cloud by the night, chilling and killing my Annabel Lee”. (25) This quote shows how Poe wanted his readers to get a visual of a tragic cold night that resulted in the death of a woman. The poem is written in a musical way, one can imagine the cold night. The reader could feel it chilling themselves and could feel the heart break of the young lover’s death.
Another example of imagery is when Poe writes, “So that her highborn kinsman came And bore her away from me, To shut her up in a sepulcher In this kingdom by the sea” (17-20) the image given is her family taking her away from her lover to lock her up in a vault by the sea where she cannot be seen. One could also visualize a castle by the sea, and imagine the poor Annabel Lee locked up. The quotation “And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes”, shows imagery as the stars won’t rise, but he still sees Annabel Lee’s bright eyes. The young lover does not have meaning to his life anymore. She is all that consumes his mind and broken heart.
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