Essay on The Madness That Eats At The Heart

1088 Words Jul 15th, 2015 5 Pages
The Madness that Eats at the Heart Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee” is one of the last poems that Poe wrote before he died. “Annabel Lee” is a poem about madness; the madness that Poe himself experienced when his wife was taken from him by scarlet fever. Since Poe felt the madness that is expressed in “Annabel Lee” he is able to create a mood of pure insanity from the narrator. He pulls a couple of tricks in order to create this feeling such as repetition and metonymy. The narrator also has a few uncommon ways of speaking about love and death that helps prove the madness that the narrator has. Repetition is strewn across each stanza in order to mimic the ravings of a lunatic. But Edgar Allan Poe takes special care in choosing which lines to repeat. He only repeats phrases or ideas that are significant. The narrator repeats the setting by saying, “In the kingdom by the sea” (Poe 494: 2). The line gives a vague idea of the setting which is intentional in order to cause a higher feeling of craziness. A kingdom by the sea is also worded to make it sound dreamlike and fanciful, which gives it a feeling of being unreal and as if the narrator made the might be lying. Poe also choses to repeat the word “love” and the name “Annabel Lee.” This gives the effect of obsession which is a common trait of madness. It is clear that the narrator is obsessed with Annabel Lee from the amount of times that he brings her up and it leads to his rash decision at the end. The amount of times that…

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