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What are examples of alliteration, assonance, imagery, metaphor, and allusion used by Edgar Allan Poe in "Annabel Lee"?

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My favorite example of alliteration in the poem is this one:

To shut her up in a sepulchre

This harsh repetition of the s sound (he could have chosen the word tomb instead for an entirely different sound effect) is almost a hissing. Therefore, you can hear the speaker's anger and sadness through the alliteration in this line.

You get that same sound in another favorite line of mine:

Can ever dissever my soul from the soul

This line that links their very souls in an eternal bond uses that same s repetition to convey an angry and defiant strength in their unity.

Assonance is nicely woven into this line:

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

This imagery of the speaker's attempts to physically connect with his beloved Annabel Lee is given focus through this long i repetition in this line. The sounds are drawn out and extended, much as the nights are without his beloved.

Imagery that is important to the theme of the poem occurs at the end:

In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding...

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