Edgar Allan Poe 's Annabel Lee

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Far, Far Away While longing for his distant lover, the narrator explains the empty world around him and the objects that signify his love. In Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”, the themes of love and abandonment are explored through literary elements of symbolism, imagery and repetition in order to create a mystical fairy tale for a long lost lover. Poe sets the background stating both lovers are children-like and their love is untainted innocent affection. While being young, the narrator tries to explain to the readers that their love wasn’t not just lust but actual love for his lost Annabel Lee. The use of symbolism is quite prevalent within the romantic poem using such concepts as the kingdom, the angels/demons, and the kinsman to show a deeper emotion that is connected to the narrator. When first reading this poem, Poe sets a fairy magical mood by his constant use of “a kingdom by the sea” yet does not specify where and what the kingdom is. The idea of the literal kingdom is left for the readers yet shows the concept of this poem could only be set in an imaginable setting for innocent untainted love could not exist in reality. After having his love taken away from him, the narrator turns to blame the good of the world and proves they envy their innocent love. Poe does not out right show they are angels rather he creates the atmosphere for the reader to imagine they are angels by using the phrase “the winged seraphs of Heaven”. The narrator explains the winged seraphs
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