What will prevent the separation of the speaker's soul from Annabel Lee's soul?

An intense, omnipotent love prevents the separation of the speaker's soul from Annabel Lee's soul. This youthful love makes angels so jealous that they send a chilling wind that sickens her, leading to her upper-class family taking her away from the speaker. Although physically separated, the speaker and Annabel Lee’s souls remain connected through time and space. Their enduring love preserves their spiritual bond.

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In “Annabel Lee,” the speaker describes an extraordinary love between himself and the titular maiden. This transcendent bond endures through years of physical separation. During their youth in a “kingdom by the sea,” the speaker and Annabel Lee develop a love that is not identified as or limited to being just romantic or sexual; it is all-encompassing to the point where it exceeds definition.

we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.

Their devotion is so powerful (beyond or “more than love”) that it even makes angels jealous. Most significantly, the speaker and Annabel Lee’s love survives attempts by these angels (via nature) and humans to separate them. The speaker notes,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,

The angels send the cold wind that sickens Annabel. In turn, her “highborn kinsmen”—relatives from a high social class, most likely above that of the speaker—pointedly whisk her away from him. They seem to assume that they can care for her better than the speaker can.

The speaker stresses that their love nonetheless is more potent than the machinations of her older folk who may think they know more or better than the seemingly lovesick youths:

our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—

In fact, their love withstands even spiritual beings that are superior to humans:

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

Despite physical separation as a result of hostile social, natural, and supernatural forces, their enduring love keeps their souls connected. In fact, nature still helps their souls remain linked:

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

Her relative may have sealed her sealed away in a tomb, but the speaker still physically lies near her “sepulchre there by the sea” each night.

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