Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

In the love poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, Allan Poe reminisces the love the narrator had with Annabel lee that was taken by his highborn kinsmen to be buried by the sea. The author believes that both angels and men for their love envied the narrators. For example, he states, “The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, Went envying her and me” (Poe, stanza 4)

Despite all these love and envy, the narrator believes that his love with Annabel lee was much stronger and no one could ever separate their conjoined heart. He states:

“But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we—

Of many far wiser than we—

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”

This is the kind of love no one can break. The is can only be compared to youthful infatuation because the narrator acknowledges his obsession and undying love for his departed love, as he states how he dreams of beautiful Annabel Lee. The narator states that,

"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 love—

I and my Annabel Lee-

With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven

Coveted her and me." (Poe, stanza 2)

The poem mainly presents the theme of love and death in a creative manner. For example, the poet has used a mixture of various stylistic devices especially the use of imagery as he explain the presence of the sea on whose bank, Annabel is laid to rest. The poet also states that the kingdom is by the sea, and Annabel rests peacefully in sepulcher despite the wind, the chill, and the star, he is not troubled as he dreams of his beautiful Annabel lee.


In this poem, Edgar explores the theme of love and death using a mix of stylistic devices. For example, he explains the events surrounding the death of Annabel the lead to her burial by the sea, but goes ahead to explain that obsession can be scary because every night, he dreams about his love- Annabel Lee. Annabel lee may have been in love with the narrator in a place known only as the kingdom by the sea. The wind chilled her leading to her death and further burial by Annabel’s relatives. It is the kind of love that even angels and demons cannot destroy.

Work cited

Poe, Edgar Allan. "Annabel Lee." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 12 June 2006. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. <>.


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