The Ravena and Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

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Poetic Comparison and Contrast “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee,” by Edgar Allan Poe, are two poems about eternal love and despair. Poe shows the speaker in both poems dealing with the passing of their lover and how they are coping with it. These poems have a different theme from one another; yet have similarities relating to eternal love. In “The Raven” the speaker is very sad, lonely, and is feeling great sorrow from the loss of his loved one. In “Annabel Lee” the speaker is not so much sad, but rather grateful for the chance he had to be with the one he loves because he knows that their love is eternal and fully embraces it; whereas, the speaker in “The Raven” is constantly reminded by the raven that his love will never go away, in which drives him completely mad. Both poems show how these speakers truly care for their love, but also show how the death has affected their mental state. The main similarity in “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” is that they both are correlated with eternal love. In “The Raven” the speaker is deeply sadden by the loss of his lover, Lenore, and the tone of the story shows that the speaker is very lonely because of this. One night the speaker is sitting in his home reading when he hears tapping on his door. This tapping turns into a whisper of the word “Lenore” (Poe 1164). When he opens his window a Raven comes in and continues to repeat the word “Nevermore” after everything the speaker says. The speaker tries asking God to give him some potion

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