Short Story

In: English and Literature

Submitted By ainau
Words 2441
Pages 10
The Love and Grief of the speaker for Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee” is one of his most famous and well-loved poems and contains themes that appear in many of Poe’s work, such as the death and burial of a beautiful woman, undying love, and deification of her memory. It was written in 1849 and was published shortly only after Poe’s death that same year. Aside from “The Raven”, “Annabel Lee” as Brod Bagert stated is marked by a deep sadness over the loss of a loved one (4). Seeing as the structure of the poem is almost as if someone were telling a story, the audience may very well be any attentive group of listeners, listening to a love story. In the poem, the speaker is an individual love-struck by Annabel Lee. The poem's speaker describes his love and the love he shares with Annabel Lee, which began many years ago in a so-called "kingdom by the sea". Though they were young, their love for one another burned with such an intensity that as the speaker tells even the powerful forces such as death can’t keep him and Annabel Lee apart. The poem, as Dawn Sova noted recounts a love so powerful that even the angels feel envious of the bond, which transcends death and overcomes both human and cosmic forces that seek to “dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annabel Lee”. (25) Every day, so overrun by grief and love, the individual (the speaker) goes into the grave of his Annabel Lee by the sea to lie down with her.

Who is Annabel Lee? Let us find out who is she and what does she means to the speaker. Annabel Lee is the one. She's the reason for the poem and she's clearly the only thing the speaker can think about. She was young and beautiful, a “maiden” as what the poem describes and one half of the ideal couple. But even Poe tells us all that, we don't learn very much about Annabel Lee. She didn’t talk, we don't hear what color her hair…...