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Decline As Expressed in Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee The death of Edgar Allen Poe's young bride prompted a wealth of bitter bitterness from the writer. Though this is evidenced in several of his functions, nowhere is that his antipathy more explicit than from the poem, "Annabel Lee". It is clear from reading lines like "the winds came out of a cloud, chilling My beautiful Annabel Lee" which Poe feels that he's somehow cursed and that the heavens stole his joy since the angels' own discontent compelled them to delight in destroying the happiness of others. This can be further verified, and perhaps most overtly therefore, by the lineup, "The Angels, half so happy in Heaven, Went envying her and me". For Poe, reality and fantasy seem to be intrinsically entwined (Postema, 1991). He seems to view the situation of jealousy angels stealing away his love as incontrovertible reality, as opposed to simply a reflection of his rage, which it so obviously is. After he writes, "For the moon never beams without providing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee", he appears to be aware of the distinction between dream and fact, however this is his only real minute. Besides its sexy content, the language of the poem also serves to immerse the reader to Poe's fantasy-like realm of the transcendent love that he shared with his kid. Through the poem, Poe writes chiefly with "a combo of iambic and anapestic feet, alternating between tetrameter and trimeter". (Carlson, 1987) The word "frightening," in the two areas it's used, lines twenty and fifteen, retains a jarring meter. This, along with the capitalization of ANNABEL LEE, is performed most likely to ensure that the passing of Poe's loved one interrupts the rhythm of this poem and also startles...