Response to Annabel Lee
Write an essay of at least 150 words. Discuss your feelings about the poem, "Annabel Lee." Consider the poem as a response to the death of a loved one, not as a literal account of the poet's actions. Within your essay, respond to the following questions: What can you infer from the poem about Poe's attitude toward death? Is it a Christian one? Does he succeed in making you, the reader, feel as he does? Does his meter help him or hinder him in establishing the poem's mood? Why? Your essay should quote lines from the poem as evidence. Remember to document your quotes properly, using MLA format. NOTE: Check with your teacher to determine whether there may be other special requirements.
The poem, Annabel Lee, is written by Edgar Allan Poe few months before his death and thinks about his wife as he wrote it. We can see that Edgar related Annabel Lee to his dead wife who died young at her age. Poe’s attitude toward death is cold, visual, and supernatural, yet the loneliness, the heartbreak, and the suffering can be won by the power of love and nothing will stop him from remembering his dearest one. I’m guessing that this isn’t a Christian poem because angles or seraphs are the antagonists in the poem. Or, is it because he is a pessimistic person and has to blame someone or something for the death? For example, in line 21 and 22 of Annabel Lee, “The angels, not half so happy in heaven, went envying her and me” shows the narrator’s view of what the angles felt. He succeeds in making the reader, me, feel what he feels because his use of vocabularies, the setting, and the mood just matches up with one another. The meter helped him in establishing the poem’s mood because it gave me more of the interest and added up the emotions in the poem.
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