posted by Wendy

Another question regarding the poem Annabel Lee. Can you check my response for me and help me elaborate on the rhythm explanation please;
1. What is the overall tone of the poem? How does the rhythm of the poem affect the tone?
my ans: The tone of the poem is passionate and mournful. The iambic rhythms of the poem are repetitious and musical due to the rhymning of the end words, which creates a fairy-tale , sing-song, and light tone. However, Poe's deep infatutation for Annabel Lee increases as she dies and this is evocative of a mournful and somber tone. (but how does the rhythm also evoke this tone?)


  1. Reed

    This is a matter of interpretation, up to the individual reader. I would say that the repetitive nature of the rhythms is almost dirge-like, but that's how *I* see it. What do you think?

  2. Wendy

    Ok, thank you! Did you see my response to your comment on my previous question post?

  3. Wendy

    "The wind seems to represent the illness that caused Annabelle's death.The reality of Virgina's death is reflected by Annabel Lee's death in line 26 as her and Poe have been sweethearts for a long time, before suddenly succumbing to illness. (Does that work? What is your response?)"

  4. Writeacher

    There's a MAJOR grammatical error in that. Can you hear it when you read it aloud?

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