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How is the poem Annabelle Lee structured?I need to know the structure of the poem in...

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sbershaw | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 20, 2012 at 5:42 AM via web

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How is the poem Annabelle Lee structured?

I need to know the structure of the poem in means of, does he use octameter, alliteration, how many syllables for each line. I have to create my own unique poem using the exact same style he uses in this poem.

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wards31 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:10 AM (Answer #1)

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It is made up of six stanzas, three with six lines, one with seven, and two with eight, with the rhyme pattern differing slightly in each one.  Poe considered it a ballad, but it is not technically considered one.



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katieannoakley | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:30 AM (Answer #2)

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"Annabel Lee" consists of six stanzas that range from six to eight lines each. The poem uses repetition and rhyme to create the qualities of unity and euphony, or a pleasing musicality. The repeated use of the end rhymes "sea," "Lee," "we," and "me" offer a link from stanza to stanza throughout the poem. The name "Annabel Lee" appears at least once in every stanza, and the phrase "kingdom by the sea" also appears frequently, adding to the unified structure. Repetition of key words within lines gives the poem its pleasing sound while at the same time emphasizing main ideas.


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