March 19, 2013
Poe’s Lost Love
When first reading “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, there’s a sense of love that you can feel realistically and immediately. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous poets of the 19th century. Poe is considered to be the father of modern detective stories and highly admired. The dark gruesome images that Poe depicts are what makes readers love his work. He paints a clear picture and uses that setting to his advantage in each of his dark tales. In “Annabel Lee” he writes a happy yet dark poem using the elements of imagery, symbolism and tone to show his permanence of true love.
Edgar Allan Poe is the most famous poet in his genre of dark, gruesome mystery. “Poe had a difficult upbringing, fraught with illness, loss and poverty.” (Giammarco online 01/2013). Poe’s parents both died when he was the age of two, which left him orphaned. Poe was also poverty stricken most of his life and could not even finish college due to the lack of funds. After college, “he briefly attended West Point Military Academy and served briefly in the U.S. Army.” (Delbanco, Cheuse 291) Poe then married his thirteen year old cousin who contracted tuberculosis, which took the life of his mother and father as well. These events probably triggered his dark sense of writing influencing his famous poems such as “The Raven”, “Tell Tale Heart”, “Annabel Lee” and many more. Poe was very talented, not by just writing poems and stories, but he worked for many newspapers and magazines as well. Poe passed away at the young age of 40, with his death a mystery. (Delbanco, Cheuse 291)
The poem “Annabel Lee” is about a beautiful, painful memory. A childhood love was abruptly brought to an end when Annabel Lee passes away. Poe wants you to know in this story that it is a great love, not just a childhood fling. “But we loved with a love that was more than love” (9). This love is so great that even the angels are jealous of this, which is why he believes...