Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee: Never A Happily Ever After

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Fairy tales are usually associated with elegant dresses, fancy shoes, and a happily ever after for the protagonists, presenting the tale itself as if it is too good to be true, because it is. In reality people cannot have a fairy tale ending because the majority of the population has difficulty paying bills, providing for their families, and, in many cases, relationships fail. Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabel Lee” shows readers exactly that: All Fairy Tales must be brought to an end and there is nothing that can stop this.
Within the first two stanzas of Poe’s “Annabel Lee” the speaker emphasizes the fairy tale era of the speakers relationship with Annabel Lee. In stanza one Poe uses many poetic elements to differentiate between reality and the speakers view of his and Annabel Lee’s relationship, making the story seem very much like a fairy tale. “That a maiden there lived whom you may know/By the name of Annabel Lee.” Through the diction of the line “That a maiden there lived whom you may know” Poe helps the speaker show the reader that the speaker sees Annabel Lee as more than Annabel Lee, he sees her an innocent young woman worthy of being known by all. Further down in the first stanza and throughout the second stanza Poe uses repetition to show his audience that the speaker’s relationship was very much like a fairy tale by saying “And this maiden she lived with no other thought/Than to love and be loved by me.” “But we loved with a love that was more than a love-/I and my Annabel Lee-/ With a love that the winged seraphs in Heaven/ Coveted her and me.” By repeating the word love, the speaker emphasizes that they love one another unconditionally and with no problems, just like a fairy tale. At the end of the second stanza the speaker says that “With a love that the winged seraphs in Heaven/ Coveted her and me.” This statement shows that...

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