Poe And The Poetic Tragedy Of Edgar Allan Poe's Poetic Tragedies

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Jailene La Santa
Professor Neuer
30 October 2017
Poe and His Poetic Tragedies
Losing a loved one is never easy. The way each individual deals with grief and coping with the loss of a loved one may be different from those who share a similar tragedy. In the case of Edgar Allan Poe, he was always faced with death, especially that of a young beloved. In most of his work, death is a common theme. Poe captures this theme in his poems, “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven”. In these poems, he uses imagery to set the tone and to convey the theme of death, and express the psychological impact on the speakers from their loss. Similarly, both speakers in the poems experience the loss of a loved one and they differ in the way they cope with the loss and their acceptance of their beloved’s deaths.
Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” is about a man who lost his wife and reminisces about his beloved. The speaker depicts the setting as a kingdom by the sea and this is also known as the refrain. The imagery and tone are seen when he describes his love for his wife. The speaker constantly justifies their love as a being a strong force establishing the tone throughout the poem. For example, in stanza four of the poem the speaker says, “The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, / went envying her and me—,” (lines 21-22). Poe takes advantage of the hyperbole in this stanza to emphasize his undying love for Annabel Lee. The tone in this stanza, as well in the poem, is uplifting and passionate, casting the
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