Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee

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The Poem, “Annabel Lee” was written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1849 and is one of his many gothic themed works of art. This poem, however, sheds light on the innocence and purity of that of young love. “I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea, But we loved with a love that was more than love.” It is believed that the love they share is pure and innocent due to the fact that they are young. They lack the complex emotions and life struggles that their elders had to endure. In addition, throughout the poem, Edgar compares the love of these two innocent, childlike characters to those who are older and wiser. In doing so it is believed that the relations shared between the two children is impregnable. Due to the fact that as children, like many children they trust completely and do not make a habit of making assumptions. …show more content…

“But our love it was stronger by far than the love, Of those who were older than we— Of many far wiser than we.” This unadulterated love leads the “The angels, not half so happy in Heaven” to become envious. They in turn, send a pernicious wind “Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.” As well, there are hints throughout the poem that the angels are not the only ones who disapproved of this courtship. The narrator, Annabel’s former lover, declares a resentment of the “highborn kinsmen” who “bore her away” after her sudden death. However, the fact that Annabel Lee’s former lover seems intent on blaming the causality on everyone else, leads to the suspicion that he in turn is the guilty party. It is believed that he had a hand in her demise in order to keep their unchanged love frozen in time. As a result of this, Annabel Lee’s presence has now become ubiquitous in the eyes of her former

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