Analysis Of ' Annabel Lee ' By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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It was Reinhold Niebuhr who said “Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The concept is that love is something magical and strong that can always however be lost; you have the power to choose what to gain from the experience. Basically when love is separated or broken you and only you can either decide to dwell on the sadness, or accept it and move on completely because of the reality that bad things can and will happen to everyone. In these two poems the theme shared is love and/or love after one has parted ways whether in life or in death; the difference however is how the authors portray the meaning of love and their lives after the love one is gone. In “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe the main character has becomes completely lost in anguish and cannot seem to move on, whereas in “A valediction; Forbidding Mourning” by John Donne the narrator is accepting of the goodbye because he knows that spiritually they and their love will always be together. The contrasting events that take place are the tragic events after their loved ones being lost, which shows the difference in personalities from authors Poe and Donne and how they view love after a separation. Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery; additionally he is widely known as a central
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