Sample Poetry Analysis - English 10

Sample Poetry Analysis - English 10

Sample Poetry Analysis Annabel Lee It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of ANNABEL LEE; And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to love and be loved by me. 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 loveI and my Annabel Lee; With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me. And this was the reason that, long ago, In this kingdom by the sea, A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful Annabel Lee; So that her highborn kinsman came And bore her away from me, To shut her up in a sepulcher In this kingdom by the sea. The angels, not half so happy in heaven, Went envying her and meYes!- that was the reason (as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea) That the wind came out of the cloud by night, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee. But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than weOf many far wiser than weAnd neither the angels in heaven above, Nor the demons down under the sea, Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. Annabel Lee For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride, In the sepulcher there by the sea, In her tomb by the sounding sea. Edgar Allan Poe Autobiographical Reference In the poem Annabel Lee, written by Edgar Allan Poe, the poet describes a great love that is suddenly taken away from him. He goes on to explain that not even death

can take him away from his love. By examining Poes life, one discovers that Poes young wife, Virginia, suffered from tuberculosis. Poe immediately knew that she would die and wrote Annabel Lee as Virginia lay dying in the other room. According to the poem, And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side/Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,/In her sepulchre there by the sea--/In her tomb by the sounding sea. The poem would become Poes promise to his dying wife that he would always love her, even in death. Red = Title, poet, brief summary Blue = Biographical point Green = quote that supports biographical point Literary Devices Throughout Annabel Lee, Poe uses a number of literary devices, including imagery and hyperbole. Imagery is the use of language that appeals to the five senses. According to Poe, And

this was the reason that, long ago,/In his kingdom by the sea,/A wind blew out of a cloud by night/Chilling my Annabel Lee. By using the word Chilling, Poe allows the reader to feel the physical pain Annabel Lee had experienced, and ultimately the emotional pain experience by the speaker. The second device that Poe uses is a hyperbole, which is an extreme exaggeration. As stated in the poem, But we loved with a love that was more than love Poe uses a hyperbole to explain the unique depth and strength of the love between the narrator and Annabel Lee a love that transcended the very definition of love. Red = Definition of device Blue = Demonstration of device Green = Why did the poet use the device? Theme In all forms of literature, a theme is a message about life demonstrated within a work. In Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poes theme is that an eternal love cannot be

stopped by anything, including death. As stated in the poem, And neither the angels in Heaven above,/Nor the demons down under the sea,/Can ever dissever my soul from the soul/Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. Although the title character did die, the narrator, who may represent Poe, vowed that the love would never die. Red = Theme Blue = Quote demonstrating theme Green = Explanation of quote Final Product In the poem Annabel Lee, written by Edgar Allan Poe, the poet describes a great love that is suddenly taken away from him. He goes on to explain that not even death can take him away from his love. By examining Poes life, one discovers that Poes young wife, Virginia, suffered from tuberculosis. Poe immediately knew that she would die and wrote Annabel Lee as Virginia lay dying in the other room. According to the poem, And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side/Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,/In her sepulchre there by the sea--/In her tomb by the sounding sea. The poem would become Poes promise to his dying wife that he would always love her, even in death.

Throughout Annabel Lee, Poe uses a number of literary devices, including imagery and hyperbole. Imagery is the use of language that appeals to the five senses. According to Poe, And this was the reason that, long ago,/In his kingdom by the sea,/A wind blew out of a cloud by night/Chilling my Annabel Lee. By using the word Chilling, Poe allows the reader to feel the physical pain Annabel Lee had experienced, and ultimately the emotional pain experience by the speaker. The second device that Poe uses is a hyperbole, which is an extreme exaggeration. As stated in the poem, But we loved with a love that was more than love Poe uses a hyperbole to explain the unique depth and strength of the love between the narrator and Annabel Lee a love that transcended the very definition of love. In all forms of literature, a theme is a message about life demonstrated within a work. In Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poes theme is that an eternal love cannot be stopped by anything, including death. As stated in the poem, And neither the angels in Heaven above,/Nor the demons down under the sea,/Can ever dissever my soul from the soul/Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. Although the title character did die, the narrator, who may represent Poe, vowed that the love would never die.

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