What are some similarities and differences in the two poems "Annabel Lee" and "La Belle Dame sans Merci". Can you please list 5 similarities and differences?

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Similarities

1. Both poems are ballads.  They contain a "sing-song" quality to them and they tell a story.  

2. Because of the sing-song quality, both are pleasing to the ear

3. Both are stories of love and death

4. Both feature a beautiful woman

5. Both have a rhyme scheme and meter.  Iambic feet are used in both

6. Both feature a single male narrator

7.  Both use multiple stanzas

Differences:

1. While both poems make use of Iambic feet, Annabel Lee also uses anapests

2. Annabel Lee's stanza lengths vary throughout.  La Belle Dame Sans Merci's stanza are always 4 lines long

3. La Belle Dame Sans Merci's rhyme scheme doesn't change. It's always ABCB

4. The woman in Annabel Lee was a real human woman.  In La Belle Dame Sans Merci the woman is a magical fairy

5. Annabel Lee (the woman) doesn't exist to torture men.  The fairy in the other poem seduces men, tortures them, and kills them.