Annabel Lee And The Raven Analysis

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Edgar Allan Poe is most well-known for his dark, depressing writings. His poems Annabel Lee and The Raven are two examples of this. Although there are similarities between the two poems, there are also differences between them as well. Both poems have mythological references and strong symbolism throughout the poem. The differences in the poems are the dissimilarities between the narrators. The tones of the poems and the effects the women’s death on the narrator of the poem are the two main differences between the poems. Mythological references, such as God, angels, demons and souls. By adding these religious references, the setting is no longer in a realm of reason but in a more mystical, out of this world place. The setting in Annabel Lee…show more content…
The demons in Annabel Lee are described to be in the ocean. This creates a darkness in the water that surrounds not only where the narrator lives but also where Annabel Lees tomb is. This is an indication that the narrator feels like he is constantly surrounded by evil. The bird in The Raven is supposed to be the demon that is sent to torment the narrator. The narrator asks the bird its name while referencing a plutonian shore. “Plutonian” is a mythological reference to Hades. This shows that the narrator sees the bird as a messenger from Hades or from hell. The bird is perched on a Pallas bust. A Pallas is the goddess of wisdom. Since the raven, a demonic presence, is perched on the goddess of wisdom it foreshadows that the messenger is bringing dark knowledge to the narrator. The raven not leaving its perch indicated two things. First, the knowledge the bird brought with it is hanging over the narrators head, and that the narrator is being stalked by his demons after Lenore’s…show more content…
The sea or ocean is usually a symbol of peace and calmness. With the poem taking place by the sea, the entire setting becomes full of turmoil and depressing. The narrator and Annabel cannot escape the darkness because Annabel is dead and the narrator will not leave his beloved. The kingdom by the sea can be pictured having cold stone walls to resist erosion caused by the salt in the salt water and the cold winds that hit against it. The images create a sense of loneliness, desolation, powerlessness and isolation. All these emotions embody how the narrator is feeling throughout the poem because of his inability to be with his
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