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1 Introduction Edgar Allen Poe was born 1809 as the son of the teenage actors Elisabeth Arnold and David Poe Junior in Richmond Virginia Since both parents died when he was young he was raised by the merchant John Allen Poe studied at the University of Virginia but left it in 1827 after a quarrel with Allen in order to search for his fathers relatives in Baltimore There he published his first volume of poems Tamerlane and other Poems and married his thirteen-year old cousin Virginia Clemm With his wife and her mother he moved to Richmond Philadelphia and later to New York City working for magazines and newspapers in both cities Though Poes horror tales were written for the popular taste of the reading public he actually earned his national reputation through his critical essays and sketches In 1845 Poe published his most famous piece of work The Raven with which his fame was guaranteed Privately though he was not succeeding so well after his wife died of tuberculosis in 1847 he started drinking uncontrollably and became increasingly ill He died on a trip to Baltimore four days after being found near a polling booth on Election Day Edgar Allen Poes poem Annabel Lee was first printed in Rufus Griswolds article in the New York Tribune in October 1849the year of his death signed Ludwig Most people agree that Poe wrote this poem about his departed wife who died two years earlier Of course the poem may be about an earlier love or perhaps it is purely fictional but addressing Annabel Lee as his life and his bride line 38 and writing it two years after his beloved young wifes death it is seems logical that it is indeed written about her On the following pages I would like to examine in which ways Poe evokes the sensation of love in his poem Annabel Lee and which formal means he uses to
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