This verse form starts out “ It was many, many a twelvemonth ago, / In a land by the sea ” ( Poe, 1849, lines 1-2 ) . These first two lines use symbolism by giving an intense feeling of clip and topographic point like in a fairytale fantasy universe. The sea is mentioned here, giving an image of a powerful ocean interrupting moving ridges against the border of the land, typifying power and possible hereafter devastation. Later in the verse form in line 20 the word land is used once more, right after high-born kinsmen, which besides implies a strong symbolism of power and dictatorship. The sea is besides used once more in line 31, “ nor the devils down under the sea, ” ( Poe, 1849, line 31 ) . This line creates an image of the sea filled with devils as if you can see them swimming about, sliding beneath the top of the H2O connoting merely how unsafe it is. These words were chosen specifically to typify and give a graphic image of the background and scenery of Annabel Lee and her lover.
Annabel Lee, herself, is one of the largest utilizations of symbolism in the full verse form. Poe provinces, “ That a maiden at that place lived whom you may cognize, ” ( Poe, 1849, line 3 ) . She is referred to as a maiden, which gives that one time once more fairytale feeling, and so by stating you may cognize her implies that she is perchance person of importance, like a princess. Although non much else is radius of her in item, she is used at the beginning of the verse form to stand for sugariness and beauty and so once more at the terminal of the verse form to stand for coldness and decease. She is echoed over and over in the last 10 lines of the verse form, as if he is trusting it will convey her dorsum. He guides you through their love from childhood until her ill-timed and unfortunate decease.
Poe uses the statement, “ I was a kid and she was a kid, ” to give the readers a sense of a immature love that blossoms into an unconditioned love between Annabel Lee and her lover as he continues a few lines subsequently, “ But we loved with a love that was more than love, ” ( Poe, 1849, line 7-10 ) . He uses these symbols to show merely how strong and of import their love was.
At this point, Poe begins to alter the ambiance of the verse form as he brings in the enviousness and green-eyed monster of the angels stating, “ With a love that the winged seraphs in Heaven, / Coveted her and me, ” ( Poe, 1849, lines 11-12 ) . The winged seraphs add more to the fairy tale fantasy universe, but unlike what most people would believe of when they think of angels, Poe uses them to typify decease and devastation through green-eyed monster and enviousness. He uses this imagination of covetous angels pouncing down and striking her dead out of discontent for their deathless love for one another. Poe seems to be connoting that he feels cursed and that the celestial spheres stole his joy, and that her relations stole he organic structure when he says, “ So that her high-born kinsmen came, / And bore her away from me, ” ( Poe, 1849, lines 17-18 ) . This once more gives the readers that feeling of her being person of importance by utilizing the words high-born kinsmen. One could even contemplate from this symbolism that her relations may non hold approved of him or even that they may fault him for her passing as they take her off to bury her.
Then the burial chamber she is placed in is besides used to typify the cold world of decease, every bit good as a prison, “ To close her up in a burial chamber, ” ( Poe, 1849, line 19 ) . Subsequently, in line 40, the burial chamber replaces kingdom when being combined with the sea, as if to demo that stop the terminal decease finally replaces life.
He finishes this verse form with symbolism through ideas of everyone else ‘s failure to divide him from Annabel Lee ; with hope because he will ne’er allow her travel even in decease, and with the great memories of her that no 1 can take away from him. He express intensely that neither the angels above nor the devils below can of all time break up their psyches from one another, ( Poe, 1849, lines 30-33 ) . He goes on to state that the Moon brings him joyous dreams of her, and that he can see her eyes each dark when the stars rise ( Poe, 1849, lines 34-38 ) . He ends the verse form with showing his unconditioned love by kiping following to the burial chamber each dark.
This full verse form by Edgar Allan Poe is filled with symbolism and imagination which non merely gives it more depth and understanding, but it besides draws the readers in with all the emotional ups and downs of Annabel Lee ‘s lover. From the joyous brotherhood as kids, the unconditioned love as immature grownups, through the agony and sorrow of an ill-timed decease, to the yearning of being together once more, Poe takes his readers on a drive in this fairytale universe scene, and so leads them on a roller coaster drive of emotions before dropping them off at the terminal with the hope of great memories and ne’er stoping love.
D.L. Pike and A.M. Acosta. ( 2013 ) . ( Eds. ) Literature: A universe of composing narratives, verse forms, dramas, and essays [ VitalSource digital version ] ( p. 388 ) . Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions. Retrieved from hypertext transfer protocol: //digitalbookshelf.southuniversity.edu/books/9780558711825/id/ch08box77
Poe, E. ( 2013 ) . Annabel Lee. In D.L. Pike and A.M. Acosta ( Eds. ) Literature: A universe of composing narratives, verse forms, dramas, and essays [ VitalSource digital version ] ( p. 388 ) . Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions. Retrieved from hypertext transfer protocol: //digitalbookshelf.southuniversity.edu/books/9780558711825/id/ch08box77