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What is a simile in Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee"?  

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mz-alex | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM via web

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What is a simile in Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Annabel Lee"?

 

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

Posted November 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM (Answer #1)

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    Edgar Allan Poe's famed poem, "Annabel Lee," is filled with various themes and literary devices. It is a story of love and death, mystery and reminiscence, romance and lost love. It has a musical lyricism that few poems can match. The tone combines both sadness and hope. This is the case with the line that forms the simile in the poem.

But we loved with a love that was more than love— 
     I and my Annabel Lee—

The simile is "a love that was more THAN love"--the comparison that the attraction and devotion between Annabel and the narrator was even greater than the normal love between two people.

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