Extension to Eternity: Metaphor in Poe’s “Annabel Lee”


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April 15th 2011
Extension to Eternity: Metaphor in Poe’s “Annabel Lee”
Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabelle Lee” explores the depth to which love can be found and lost, though never forgotten. Through the use of metaphor, the poet is able to provide an understanding of the magical aspects of love, which are incapable of being fully captured within reality. Metaphor becomes a tool through which Poe demonstrates the intensity of emotion which oftentimes escapes explanation. Metaphors suggest more than they convey, and as such the inexplicable intensity of love finds understanding in the reader who is able to assemble meaning through personal understanding of metaphor.
Poe writes: “But we loved with a love that...
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.....f the galaxy. The “moon” (Poe 738) and the “stars” (Poe 738) may have taken his love, but in return they console the poet by each day giving him the sensation of his Annabel Lee as he “feel(s)” her eyes in the course of the movement of the skies.
The use of metaphor facilitates a construct of meaning by the reader. Poe’s use of the metaphor allows him to convey his love for Annabel, a love that cannot be bound by pedestrian concepts. It is an eternal love, lonely bound by eternity. The use of the metaphors in the poem allows the reader to assemble personal meaning of the intensity of such a love, resounding into eternity.
Works Cited:
Poe, Edgar Allan. Complete stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1966. Print.