In some senses, "Annabel Lee" is a simple ballad—that is, a narrative poem designed to be read or sung. The conventional ballad stanza form is used for the first four lines of the six-line opening stanza. The language is also typical for a ballad. It is simple and direct, using few words but expressing itself with clarity and force.
However, "Annabel Lee" is more than a simple ballad: it is a poem in itself. Like many other poems, it has various forms, techniques, and styles. It is told in prose, then expanded into verse (where it becomes a sestet). It uses imagery and allusion to create a picture in the reader's mind of what is being described. It makes use of metrical devices such as iambic pentameter and hypermeters to create a musical pattern that can be enjoyed when reading or singing. As well as being interesting and enjoyable to read or listen to, these elements help to explain how this poem has remained popular for so long—and continues to do so today.
"Annabel Lee" was written by Edgar Allan Poe. He was an American writer known for his dark poetry and short stories. Born on January 19th, 1790, in Boston, Massachusetts, he died in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 18th, 1849. His work is included in many school literature programs due to its complexity and importance within American poetry.
The speaker of "Annabel Lee" is the poem's narrator and Annabel's assumed boyfriend. Because the poem is written from the narrator's point of view, we cannot be sure how much of it is true and how much is fiction created by the poet.
He describes himself as a "gentleman lost" who laments his loneliness after leaving his home in London. He says he will never forget her beauty or the sound of her voice when she sang.
They meet when Annabel visits the city while staying with her uncle. The gentleman asks her to marry him but she refuses because they are from different worlds and would not have any kind of life together. However, they fall in love despite their differences and decide to keep this secret until she goes back home. Then, one day, before she leaves for London, they kiss goodbye as promised and promise to write to each other. Years later, when he does not hear from her he fears the worst and sends agents to find her. When they do, they inform him that she died young (probably in childhood) and that was the last anyone saw or heard of her.
Her death devastates him and causes him to drink himself to death. The poem ends with an apology to her family written by someone else who has read about them in history books.
Annabel Lee's poem has a lovely melody and rhymes. Poe wrote it in May 1849, the year before his death. It relates the story of two individuals in love: Annabel Lee and the speaker, who is a masculine identity based on the poet himself. This duality is reflected in the use of both first and third person throughout the poem.
First, we are introduced to Annabel Lee, a beautiful young woman about whom nothing is known. The only thing that is certain is that she is meant for someone great and noble. Then, the speaker enters the scene. He tells us that he has loved Annabel Lee since they were children. He goes on to say that she was his life, his soul, his everything. These words convey that there can be no one else but Annabel Lee for the speaker. They are perfect for each other because they share the same imagination and dreams. However, what the speaker doesn't know is that Annabel Lee loves another man. She believes that she will always be happy with the speaker but eventually loses him because he can't give her what she needs. So, at the end of the poem, Annabel Lee turns away from the speaker and leaves him broken-hearted.
Here are some lines that describe Annabel Lee's character: brave, loyal, innocent. These words also apply to the female gender as a whole. Women are loyal and faithful to those who love them and protect them.