In the poem, the sea is a towering, foreboding entity that represents loneliness, coldness, and emptiness. Annabel Lee dies and is laid to rest in a sepulchre, or tomb. The sepulchre represents death. No flowers are placed on top of it, which means that she did not belong to any family and was not loved by anyone. This is shown by the fact that no one came to visit her after she died.
The line "And the moon looked on with sorrow in its eye" shows that the moon felt sorry for what had happened. If the moon could speak, it would have said: "My dear, this has nothing to do with reality. Life is sweet, love is immortal." But since it cannot talk, it uses its eyes to tell Annabel Lee that someone who is lonely will find comfort somewhere else.
Also, the line "'Twas on a night like this, many years ago..." shows that Annabel Lee met her end on a cold night just like the one we are living on today. There was a great storm at the time of her death which indicates that danger will come to those who stand alone.
The narrator employs a lot of visual description; we can picture Annabel Lee's fancy kinsmen, her sepulcher, and the kingdom by the lake. Poe uses the name "Annabel Lee" many times in each verse. He contributes to the poem's choral quality and structure by repeating the line "kingdom by the sea."
Poe also uses alliteration to enhance the poem's lyrical tone. The first word of each stanza begins with the same letter: "Annabel," "gates," "moon," "sea," and so on. This simple but effective technique makes reading the poem easy and pleasant.
Finally, the poem includes many metaphors and comparisons. A metaphor is when one thing is used as a substitute for another similar thing. When Annabel Lee is described as having "fancy kin," this means that she has noble blood relations. A comparison is like-for-like language used to express an idea or concept. In this case, the poet is saying that Annabel looks like a princess because she had royal relatives.
These are just some examples of how Poe uses image to create harmony between his poetic voice and the listener/reader. As you can see, he doesn't rely only on vocabulary and syntax to tell his story, but also through imagery. This shows that poetry is more than just words placed in a sequence; it is also about seeing and hearing things differently.
The central topic of 'Annabel Lee' is love. While they are still young, the narrator falls in love with Annabel "in a country by the sea." This love grows over time and is true even when they are apart. However, it is not until near the end of his life that he finds out that she also loved him.
Throughout the story, this love is compared to death. When they were children, Annabel told the narrator that he would die alone like her father. She also said that even though they would be separated by death, they would always be together because love is eternal.
This story is about love and how it can heal even the most painful wounds. It shows that even though we will never see or hear from each other again, our love for one another will never disappear.