Annabel Lee

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe / Pages: 6 (2122 words) / Published: Apr 24th, 2014
The Death of Annabel Lee and Virginia Clemm Poetry is a fine art; it can be interpreted in many different ways, it is a complex piece of literature that can carry much more meaning than just the words on the surface. Edgar Allan Poe, author of the piece “Annabel Lee”, writes about a young couple who are in love with each other. The speaker of the poem shares a passionate love towards his dear Annabel Lee, but once his lover was taken away from him due to sickness; his overabundance of love towards her was the cause of his own death. If you look at Poe’s life prior to writing “Annabel Lee”, there is a clear parallel between the speaker of the poem and Poe himself, implying that Poe was writing about his relationship with, and the death of his wife Virginia Clemm Poe.
There’s no doubt that the speaker of the poem was in love with his Annabel Lee, but before learning about the speaker of the poem it is important to understand the author, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was born on January 19th 1809 and died on December 7th 1849 (Academy of American Poets), just two months after he published “Annabel Lee”. There is a reason “Annabel Lee” was his last poem to be published before his death, it is not simply coincidence. For instance, Virginia Clemm Poe, Poe’s wife married him at a very young age; which is similar to the speaker and Annabel Lee in the poem. There are several parallels that could prove that Poe had written this poem about the death of his “Annabel Lee,” Virginia Clemm. Author of the book: Collected Words of Edgar Allan Poe Vol. 1, Thomas Ollive Mabbott states that, “Poe’s “Annabel Lee” is the simplest and sweetest of his ballads…other ladies have been thought to be the original Annabel Lee [but] it has long and generally been regarded as a tribute to the memory of Virginia Poe” (Mabbott 468). After Virginia’s death in 1847 it is clear that Poe had been distraught and lonely when he wrote about his beloved Virginia through a fictional character’s eyes



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