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What are some of the literary devices in Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"?

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demonfoxmermaid | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:25 AM via web

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What are some of the literary devices in Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"?

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

Posted March 28, 2011 at 7:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Although Edgar Allan Poe may not have utilized as many literary devices in "Annabel Lee" as he did in his longer poems such as "The Raven" and "The Bells," there are still many too be found.

  • REPETITION.  This is an important facet of the poem, as the various repeated words (such as "Annabel Lee," "kingdom by the sea," and the forms of "love") create a relationship between one another as well as unifying the poem.
  • ANAPESTS & IAMBS:  These rhythmic forms are established in the first two lines.
  • SPONDEE.  Consecutive stressed syllables are found in abundance, especially in the first words of many of the lines.
  • PERSONIFICATION.  In lines 11-12, "winged seraphs of heaven / Coveted her..."
  • INTERNAL RHYME.  "...ever dissever" (line 32( is just one example. 

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