Custom essays on Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
The author leads the readers through the touching descriptions of their love story. Attention is compelled more to the descriptions of their feelings than to the certain facts from their lives. He says that they fell in love when they were young and their love was so strong that even “winged seraphs of heaven” (Poe, 1849) were envious of them. Such comparison with symbols that are out of this life and this reality makes the image of their love extremely ideal. It leaves an impression of something that is very high and fragile, something that can hardly do with the cruel reality of the actual life and all its vices. This incompatibility is displayed in the poem especially tragically. Unluckily, the love story ends with the girl’s death. It’s impossible to find a physical explanation for her dearth. The explanation offered by the author is that she was killed by the angels envied the young couple’s happiness: “the wind came out of a cloud, chilling and killing my Annabl Lee” (Poe, 1849). Even more tragical mood of the poem is created through extraordinary fairy tale like setting “It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom…” (Poe, 1849). The readers anticipate a happy, fairy tale story and then they get the culmination of the heartbreaking announcement of Annabel’s death. Even so, their feeling is strong enough to live after death. The narrator can’t accept death as a separation from the girl he loves, he saves his love in dreams about his beloved one. He finds the brightness of her eyes in the stars at night and comes to her tomb again and again “to lie down by the side” (Poe, 1849) of his darling.
His love for Annabel Lee is immensely strong that it reminds worship. His pain is so great after her dearth that he is ready to leave this world in the hope that their souls will be together in another eternal life. The narrator says: “Neither the angels…, nor the demons…, can ever disserve my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annable Lee” (Poe, 1849). In fact, the theme of death of a beautiful beloved girl is present in many poems by Poe. Here, it’s possible to observe the reflection of two facts that explain the author’s view point. The first fact is rooted in his aesthetic believes that “the death… of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world” (Poe, 1846). The second one is connected with the poet’s life and the tragedies he suffered throughout it. Edgar Allan Poe lost his mother when he was 2 years old. Later, his wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe died of the disease tuberculosis, just two years prior the time Poe wrote this poem. Undoubtedly, these losses of two beloved women couldn’t but be reflected in his literary themes. Speaking about the image of the beloved girl in “Annabel Lee” poem in particularly, so far there is uncertainty if Annabel Lee was a real person. Some critics suppose that this poem was devoted to the wife of the poet. There are those who believe that the prototype of Annabel Lee was his lover. Some believe that Edgar Poe was inspired by a local legend in Charleston, South Carolina that tells the story of a sailor who met a woman named Annabel Lee and fell in love with her. Their love story had a tragical end. While he was away, she died from yellow fever. Also, there is an opinion that the image of Annable Lee was just cast by his gloomy imagination. There have been many women suggested and this question still raises debates, though Poe’s wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe is considered to be the most credible candidate. Her disease and her death had a substantial impact on Poe as he became deeply despondent after the loss of his wife and turned to drink much. The author died soon after his wife’s death. This poem is the author’s view point on love and death. In my judgment, he displayed his never-dying feelings to his wife, his feelings of loss he continued to experience after her passing and his belief that they would be together in heaven again. If Annabel Lee was indeed Virginia Clemm, then it’s possible to contend that Clemm was the only true love that Poe ever had. Whoever it was to inspire the author to create the poem, the result is melodious lyrics about bright, deep love that was too ideal to exist long in our world and ended tragically, leaving sorrowful recollections for the narrator and feeling of melancholy for the readers. On the other hand though, the poet showed what the notion of an ideal love is, what kind of openness and devotion may exist between two loving people, regardless how old they are or how wise they are. They were not perfect but their love for one another was. I liked this poem as it touched me much and revived hope that people were able to love truly and devotedly.
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