Annabel Lee Explication

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Alex Daly Professor Halbert English 102 April 8, 2008 Final Draft to be Graded Explication of and Annabel Lee Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee”, published in 1849 focus on the theme of a dead loved one, specifically a dead significant other, a beautiful woman. These women might be his mother Eliza Poe and his foster mother Frances Allan. While the death of these women close to him influenced him, more likely in Annabel Lee’s case the poem could be about his wife and cousin Virginia Clemm whom he married in 1835 when she was 13. Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847. Poe himself said in his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” that “"the death... of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world, and equally…show more content…
The speaker expresses his angst in blaming the angels for his loved one’s death because “The angels, not half so happy in heaven, \ Went envying her and me” (Lines 21-22) The speaker goes on to say that even though his Annabel Lee is dead; their love is far from it. And neither the angles in heaven above, Nor the demons down under the sea, Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. (lines 33-36) The speaker again implies their love is strongly than any heavenly force as well as any force below and that his love is never-ending, their souls are entwined forever and can never be separated by any

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