Compare And Contrast Annabel Lee And The Raven

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Edgar Allan Poe had experienced a loss multiple times. Poe married his cousin when she was 13, he was 27. Both of Poe’s parents died in 1811 and so he was raised as a foster child. In the poem “Annabel Lee” he talks about how his love Annabel Lee passed away. In the poem “The Raven” he talks about his love, Lenore passing away and The Raven comes to him and is repetitive. “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven” are similar because they both have the same mood and topic; however the two poems are different because the speaker felt differently about both of his lost girls. In the poem “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven” the mood is sad. In the poem “Annabel Lee” it states, “In her sculpture there by the sea / In her tomb by the sounding sea” (40-41). This tells us that Annabel Lee is deceased and when someone talks about a death it is sad. “The wind came out of the cloud by night, / Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee” (25-26). This, also being from “Annabel Lee” Poe writes because he believes the angels in heaven killed her because their love was too strong and so they were jealous. This gives a sad tone because again, Poe talks about her death. In the poem “The Raven” the mood is also sad. In the poem, it says, “From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—” (10). This line from the text tells us that the reader is sorrow for his lost love, Lenore. Lastly, a piece of evidence from “The Raven” is, “Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door” (101).

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