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From a stylistic point of view, is "Annabel Lee" by E.A. Poe a ballad or a...

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From a stylistic point of view, is "Annabel Lee" by E.A. Poe a ballad or a narrative poem?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2008 at 1:46 AM (Answer #1)

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According to the link listed below, the poem is a "melodious" narrative. A narrative poem tells a story and in the poem, the speaker is mourning the loss of a young wife which occurred many years before. He first explains that he blames the angels for her death because they envied the love between the young couple. He then tells the reader about her funeral and burial. Finally, the speaker reveals that even though she is dead, he cannot bear being separated from her so he has spent many nights at her grave. This revelation is both surprising and rather grim. it shows how young love never dies.

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