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What kinds of figurative language are used in the poem "Annabel Lee," by Edgar Allan Poe?

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In Poe's "Annabel Lee," the author uses a great deal of figurative language. Figurative language is often used in poetry. Figurative language, by definition, is not to be taken literally.

There are a great many examples of literary devices. For example, note the use of repetition below, a device used many times in Poe's poem:

She was a child and I was a child... (7)

Literary devices dealing with sound are easily recognized when the poem is read aloud. Refer to the stanza below:

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me. (1-6)

End rhyme is apparent in lines 2, 4 and 6 with the words "sea," "Lee" and "me." Internal rhyme is found in the sixth stanza; note the use of "beams" in the middle of the line that rhymes with "dreams" at the line's end:

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams...

It occurs two lines later (using "rise" and...

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