Written Explaination of Annabel Lee

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Brazil Jimenez & Ashlee Zwahlen
AP Lit
Period 4
Written Explanation
The poem "Annabel Lee", written by Edgar Allan Poe, expresses mainly the emotion love. But also inscribed within it is grief, sadness, death, and jealousy. "Annabel Lee" consists of six stanzas, three with six lines, one with seven, and two with eight, with the rhyme pattern differing slightly in each one. The poem uses repetition and rhyme numerously as well as a pattern flow purposely to create its mournful effect. The poem appears like an ocean shore, the lines of the poem are long, then shorten, lengthen, then shortened again. The pattern changes after Annabel Lee's death is done being discussed, displaying a change of fate, or a change of what was expected. In the first line, "It was many and many a year ago..." it indicated that the poem is telling a story. The first stanza is fairly obvious, basically telling the background of the story. Instead of being referred to as a woman, Annabel Lee is a "maiden". Likely to express the innocence of the situation and the purity of the woman. It was obvious in the poem that the narrator was in love with this "maiden" and she loved him. In the following stanza, "I was a child and she was a child", is debated in meaning. Some believe that because of this line, it indicates the poem was about a lover when the narrorator was younger. However, the line only enlightens that their love was childlike, and when stating that they were children, it meant that they were innocent. When the narrator stated, "But we loved with a love that was more than love", it meant that though they were young, they loved with such an intensity, it seemed to create a new level of loving. In the last lines of the stanza, "With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven/Coveted her and me." it introduced a problem. That the seraphs envied the strong relationship, and it foreshadows an issue. The third stanza is the issue itself. In this stanza, Annabel Lee became severely ill...
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