An Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe's 'For Annie'

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Born on the nineteenth of January in 1809 to parents Elizabeth and David Poe, Edgar Allen Poe’s early life is often times viewed as one of the most grim and grievous of not only his day and age, but of all time. After being abandoned by his father, his mother, Elizabeth, died in 1811. Poe was then taken in by successful tobacco merchant, John Allen, and his wife, Francis. From ages seven to eleven he attended the Manor House School in London England. Upon returning to America he attended an academy up until 1826, when he was enrolled into the University of Virginia. But upon dropping out of college less than a year later, he decided to join the army, and entered the West Point Military Academy from which it is argued that he deliberately instigated…show more content…
One of the great questions about this poem is whether or not the narrator of this poem is alive or not. "For Annie" is also seen as a sentimental and harmonic poem that describes Poe 's thankfulness in regaining his health after the caustic illness that was derived after he attempted to kill himself by overdosing in November 1848. It expresses Poe 's subjugation of "the fever called 'Living '," and the termination of "The moaning and groaning, / The sighing and sobbing" that had tormented him. This passage of the poem raises the question of the narrator’s state of being, dead or alive. It is often wondered whether these actions ceased due to the narrator “passing on” or whether he simply recovered from this period of poor mental and physical condition. About halfway through the poem, the narrator has "A dream of the love / And the beauty of Annie" in which the Annie of the poem is gingerly affectionate, comforting the narrator with a compassionate and maternal embrace, possibly urging him into the beyond. It is suggested in the poem that he recovered because of the loving care that Annie had provided to him, or possibly was able to leave his earthly body due her
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