Romanticism is a literary movement that occurred in the early 1800s. Romanticism tends to emphasize the power and importance of nature. Essentially, nature is something to be worshiped as a supernatural force of sorts. By communing with nature, a person can receive special knowledge and insights as well as obtain a spiritual harmony. If that sounds goofy, think of it like this: Romantics would see cities as bad and nature as good. Romanticism also tends to focus on feelings instead of logic. This is a reaction against the previous Age of Reason. Emotions are important to Romantic authors. Additionally, Romanticism generally focuses on the common man instead of some high-class nobleman. There also tends to be an emphasis on youth in Romanticism.
“Annabel Lee” contains many Romantic elements. Stanza 2 alerts readers to the poem’s emphasis on youth. We are told that the narrator and Annabel Lee were young when they fell in love with each other.
She was a child and I was a child,
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