Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. Poe was an American poet and short story writer. His father left his family after Poe was born and his mother died of tuberculosis about three years later. Therefore, Poe never knew his parents and was raised by John and Francis Allan, friends of Poe’s parents. Poe attended the University of Virginia in 1926. However, his gambling debts caused him to dropout within two semesters. After leaving the university, Poe joined the Southern Literary Messenger. This helped him get a start with writing short stories and poems, and became a renowned literary critic but because of his aggressive reviews and alcoholism, he was removed from the Southern Literary Messenger. In 1836, Poe married his thirteen…show more content…
In line three, “That a maiden there lived whom you may know” is an example of this. Poe uses “m” in the words, “maiden”, “whom” and “may.” This helps gives a perception that this is a fairytale-like story. In line six, Poe uses another anaphora, “Than to love and be loved by me.” This suggests that their life is surrounded by love so much that he mentions it twice. The very next line has another anaphora, “I was a child and she was a child,” and Poe uses this in the same way, to emphasize the innocence they both shared. In the first two stanzas, Poe keeps writing “kingdom by the sea.” This helps paint a beautiful and majestic feel to their love. He writes this in the first four stanzas to keep reminding the reader of that. In line eleven, an allusion is used, “With a love that the wingéd seraphs of Heaven.” Poe alludes to the Bible, regarding to “seraphs of Heaven” which a seraph is an angel that has authority in Heaven. The Bible states that Heaven is paradise and it is a place where God lives. The Bible also says that nobody can love as much as God to the point that no one can understand it. Therefore, line eleven implies that their love is even stronger than the love that God himself can give to angels in Heaven. In line fifteen, the tone goes to majestic and happy to dark and vengeful. Because it’s a turning point of the poem, line fifteen is a fulcrum. Line fifteen and sixteen says, “A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling / My beautiful Annabel
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