Comparing Poe's Annabel Lee And Spirits Of The Dead

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Edgar Allen Poe was born January 19, 1809, and died October 7, 1849, at the age of 40. Poe married Virginia Clemm Poe when she was just 13 years old and he was 27, she was his cousin and he loved her so much that even our generation and generations to come will know because he immortalized it in his work. The death of Virginia really set the path for his life, she seems to be his inspiration for many of his most famous or best-known pieces of work. Even after his other loves and wives, I feel it all still comes back to her and the impact she had on the notable Poe. Virginia Clemm Poe died January 30, 1847. In the time span of his life, Poe wrote many famous poems and short stories, two of which really captured my attention; “Annabel Lee” and “Spirits of the Dead”. These poems are so very different yet I believe that they are both written about his first love and wife Virginia Clemm Poe. `When I …show more content…

Then while browsing his other works I came across “Spirits of the Dead” which I fell in love with instantly but also made me think of Virginia. In stanza 1, of “Annabel Lee” Poe sets up the poem with a visual of a castle by the sea, sort of like a Disney scene, tricks you into believing this will have a happy ending. Like a bedtime story, Poe reveals a beatific view of the where, when, and who he loves. In stanza 2, Poe introduces the fact that they were children, which supports the theory that he is speaking of his Virginia. He repeats the scene so we don’t forget the Majesty of the where and so we continue to believe this will end happily. Then in the last two lines of this stanza, he hints at the Angel's jealousy of their love. Stanza 3, is where Poe lets us know that this has no Disney fairytale ending. Poe explains here that a

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