Poe's Eternal Love- Poetic Interpretive Analysis

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Israel, Selene, & Josue Prof. Eschmann ENC1102 19 March 2013 Poe’s Eternal Love- Poetic Interpretive Analysis Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “Annabel lee” surprisingly takes a different route in tone from his usual dark, gothic like writings. Poe strives to prove his love for Annabel Lee, where words and flattery are simply not enough. Instead, he crafts an array of imagery to display his true intensions, a gentle rhyme scheme flows throughout, and a handful of symbolism is confidently proclaimed. Poe uses these devices to give the extent of his love more depth and overall more passion, but don’t be surprised to see some of Poe’s darkness hidden this poem. To start, rhyme scheme plays a very large role in setting the mood for this passionate poem. The rhyme scheme the poem takes is A, B, A, B, D, B (Eliopulos Pg 74). The poem flows nicely ending with the words ago, sea, know, Lee, thought, and me. You can feel the emphasis in the words sea, Lee, and me which contrast smoothly with the warmer words like ago, know, and to an extent thought. Realize what words Poe wants to emphasize; “Sea” for example is repeated throughout the poem hinting the importance of the sea. “Lee” in the other hand stands out well for the obvious reason that Poe is madly in love with her. While, “me” is emphasized in a peculiar way because it’s not until the end that we see why “me” is so important (correlating to the depression he faces due to the parting of his beloved). Towards the end, reaching the sixth stanza, rhyme scheme takes an important turn point or climax. The final stanza changes to A, B, C, B, C, C, B, B (Eliopulos Pg 74). The obvious change in rhyme is a clever move on Poe’s side, because it goes well with the change of tone. During the third through the fifth stanza of the poem the tone changes to an aggressive passionate approach. Even using hyphens to indicate a pause of

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