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The poem "Annabel Lee" is a love story, but what makes it sound like a fairytale?

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lilia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM via web

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The poem "Annabel Lee" is a love story, but what makes it sound like a fairytale?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM (Answer #1)

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In "Annabel Lee" much of the phrasing and vocabulary is reminiscent of fairy tales.  For instance, the poem begins as do many tales with the idea of "long ago/once upon a time":

It was many and many a year ago,/In a kingdom by the sea

The repetition of key phrases is also typical of fairy tales for children. In Poe's poem there are several phrases repeated:  "In a kingdom by the sea," "of the beautiful Annabel Lee"; this repetition lends a musical quality to the poem just as some fairy tales have a rhythmic pattern.  In addition, there seems to be a simplicity to each stanza which contains one single idea that is also somewhat like a child's narrative.

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luna-collins | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 13, 2010 at 2:14 AM (Answer #2)

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The sense of rhyme and repetion make this sound very much like a fariy tale. While the poem it self states that the love he shared with Annabel Lee was so strong that the angels were envious of their love. This also makes this seem very much like a fairy tale. As the poem states she was made for no other reason but to love him and be loved by him. This only contuies to lend fact and idea to this being a fariy tale.

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