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How does "Annabel Lee" show elements of psychological torment?

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Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:29 AM via web

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How does "Annabel Lee" show elements of psychological torment?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM (Answer #1)

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There is no doubt that the narrator of "Annabel Lee" (presumably author Edgar Allan Poe himself) is suffering extreme heartache over the death of his love. His all-consuming sadness is not surprising for a man who has lost his mate under tragic circumstances, but his psychological torment extends even more deeply: He has taken to spending each night during the rising of the tide--the "night-tide"--with her "by her sepulchre by the sea." He seems to be wishing that he could join her there, possibly in death, by "her tomb by the side of the sea." He has given up his religion, blaming the angels--"the winged seraphs"--for jealously sending the cold wind from the clouds that killed his Annabel Lee. 

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