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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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