A Comparison Of Annabel Lee And Funeral Blues

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Love is powerful. It makes some people strong, while it makes others weak—some selfless, others selfish. Love can transcend age, race, beauty, and even intelligence. For better or worse, mankind will do a lot for love. So, it is of no surprise that love is the most popular subject in poetry, historically and modern-day alike. The alluring, sometimes all-consuming feeling is captured in both “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe and “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden. These two poems are equal in intensity over the loss of their loved one, but starkly contrast each other in mood and tone. Their similarities and differences will show that however presented, whatever the tone, love will always be the most popular theme in poetry. Both “Annabel Lee” and “Funeral Blues” can be classified as an elegy as they mourn or praise a lost loved one. Each of these poems also use denotation, because their words can be taken literally, and are devoid of connotation. However, the underlying theme of both poems is of a deep, profound love for someone and that they are greatly missed, such as “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 sounding sea” (Poe 1849) and “My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong” (Auden 1938). Poe loved Annabel Lee so much he chose to sleep by her tomb after she died and Auden was so in love he was completely distraught after losing his loved one. Both authors also used personification, hyperbole and symbolism in their poems. In “Annabel Lee” the murderer is the wind and Auden describes the airplanes as moaning, an example of personification, and jealous angels conspiring to kill his love and that they were both children are an example of hyperbole. Motifs are also used, “an object or idea which reoccurs throughout a work of literature” (Howard, Ch. 3, Lesson 8, Study.com). Examples of motifs used in Annabel Lee are “the kingdom by the sea,” “beautiful Annabel Lee,” and how he uses light to describe her, “moon never beams … stars never rise … bright eyes” (Poe 1849). Auden utilized motifs by using the recurring idea of impossible demands like “stopping

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