What are the subject, tone, and mood of "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe?

Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee" features a speaker mourning his lost love. The poem's tone is wistful and melancholic but rises to a confident determination. The mood echoes the tone in a haunting melancholy that moves into a paradoxical grandeur.

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The subject of "Annabel Lee" is the relationship between the speaker and the titular Annabel Lee, and the ongoing loving feelings the speaker has for her despite the fact that she has died. He claims that, while alive, Annabel Lee lived just to love him and to be loved by him. They were both "child[ren]," he says, both youthful and innocent, and this made their love so pure and even enviable to the angels. One day, however, Annabel Lee caught a chill and died, and her family came and took her body away to bury. Now, the speaker longs for her always, and he even goes to sleep in her tomb alongside her corpse.

Tone describes the author's feelings regarding the subject, and Poe treats the speaker in a rather sympathetic way. He presents the speaker as sincere and despairing as a result of the loss of his love; there does not seem to be any harsh judgment of the speaker, a man who simply cannot go on with his life after his terrible loss.

Mood describes the feelings created within the reader by the text, and so the mood of this poem is sad, certainly, but also somewhat chilling. The speaker does not seem to realize how strange it is that he continues to "lie down by the side" of Annabel Lee, even in death, creating dramatic irony: we know that his behavior is unhealthy and creepy, but he does not seem to realize it.

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In Edgar Allan Poe's haunting poem "Annabel Lee," the speaker recalls his love for Annabel Lee. Far away, in a "kingdom by the sea," the speaker and his bride "loved with a love that was more than love" until death stole her from him. He speculates on the reason for his beloved's death and determines that the angels in Heaven, who had so envied the couple for their love, must have caused the wind that "blew out of a cloud" and killed Annabel Lee. Now the speaker meditates on his love and lies down by the tomb of Annabel Lee near the "sounding sea."

The poem's tone is melancholic and wistful as the speaker recalls his lost love and broods on his physical separation from Annabel Lee. "It was many and many a year ago, / In a kingdom by the sea," he begins, and the melancholy increases as the speaker describes the death of his beloved.

Yet the tone shifts at the end as the speaker expresses a determination and a confidence that his love is still strong and his bond with Annabel Lee still exists. He dreams of her and feels her eyes on him as he looks at the stars. Further, he asserts,

And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

The poem's mood (the emotions it inspires in the reader) is haunting and melancholic as readers follow the speaker's emotions throughout the poem, rising and falling with him as he describes the love he has not quite lost. The mood rises to a paradoxical grandeur at the end as readers picture the speaker's loyalty to Annabel Lee as he lies down by her tomb and declares to her to be "my darling—my darling—my life and my bride."

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Edgar Allen Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" tells the tale of an unnamed narrator who falls in love with a beautiful woman named Annabel Lee. This romance takes place in a "kingdom by the sea" and begins when the two lovers are quite young. Despite their age, they love fiercely. Tragically, the relationship is cut short by Annabel Lee's death, and her family takes her body away to have it buried. Still, the narrator cannot forget the woman.

Although it begins cheerfully enough, both the tone and mood of this poem turn quickly toward the gloomy, morose, and somber. The poem deals, like so much of Poe's work, with untimely death and with the feeling of being "haunted." We can see this in both the subject matter and the word choice used ("chilling and killing," "dissever my soul," "demons down under the sea," and so on).

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"Annabel Lee" is a ballad poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of the narrator and his lover, and her death. Poe emphasizes the unearthly nature of Annabel Lee and the speaker's love by assigning jealousy to the angels in heaven, stating that they 'coveted' their love. By elevating the essence of their love, the speaker in a sense justifies his inability to move on. The tone of the poem is very nostalgic and the language Poe employs adds a mythical quality to the piece. The actual rhyme scheme and format of the poem allows for a musical quality that only adds to the haunting desire for yesteryear. The mood is cold and bitter and seems to suggest that the individual telling the story is willfully tortured. This willful torture is best displayed in the last stanza when it is revealed that he sleeps in Annabel Lee's tomb.  

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The subject of the poem "Annabel Lee," by Edgar Allan Poe is the death of the narrator's love, Annabel Lee.  The narrator tells us about how the two of them were childhood sweethearts who loved each other and (presumably) got married.  He then tells how she died and how devastated he continues to be by her loss.

I would say that the tone and mood of the poem are somber.  His attitude toward Annabel Lee and her death is clearly a sad one.  He continues to miss her and sleep in her tomb.  I don't think you could say that that is anything but sad and somber.

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