“Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe (Narrative Poem). “Time does not bring relief” by Edna St Vincent Millay (Lyrical Poem). Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare (Lyrical Poem).
It was many and many a year ago, That the wind came out of the cloud by night,In a kingdom by the sea, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.That a maiden there lived whom you may knowBy the name of Annabel Lee; But our love it was stronger by far than the loveAnd this maiden she lived with no other thought Of those who were older than we-Than to love and be loved by me. Of many far wiser than we- And neither the angels in heaven above,I was a child and she was a child, Nor the demons down under the sea,In this kingdom by the sea; Can ever dissever my soul from the soulBut we loved with a love that was more than love- Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.I and my Annabel Lee;With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven For the moon never beams without bringing meCoveted her and me. dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And this was the reason that, long ago, And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyesIn this kingdom by the sea, Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the sideMy beautiful Annabel Lee; Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,So that her highborn kinsman came In the sepulchre there by the sea,And bore her away from me, In her tomb by the sounding sea.To shut her up in a sepulchreIn this kingdom by the sea.The angels, not half so happy in heaven,Went envying her and me-Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,In this kingdom by the sea)
I’ve chosen “Annabel Lee” because I really enjoy reading Poe’swork. Apart from this poem I’ve read some of his other shortstories and tales, but all of them were about mystery or death.Therefore I never thought he could write about endless love and Iwas really surprise when I finished reading this poem. Theme and devices: “But we loved with a love that was more than love”This poem portrays the way the narrator and Annabel Lee lovedeach other. Their love was too strong that nothing could affect it andeven when Annabel Lee died, the narrator continues rememberingher every day.Furthermore, Poe uses many literary devices like alliteration,repetition and assonance to achieve sound effects in his poem.
These images represent almost thelast part of the poem: “For themoon never beams without bringingme dreams of the beautiful AnnabelLee”. This is one of the mostimportant parts of the poembecause it is the proof that theirlove still remains and he continuesseeing her in his imagination everyday.
Time does not bring relief; you all have lied Who told me time would ease me of my pain! I miss him in the weeping of the rain; I want him at the shrinking of the tide; The old snows melt from every mountain-side, And last years leaves are smoke in every lane; But last years bitter loving must remainHeaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide. There are a hundred places where I fear To go - so with his memory they brim. And entering with relief some quiet place Where never fell his foot or shone his face I say, There is no memory of him here! And so stand stricken, so remembering him.
I’ve chosen this poem because it is written by an author that we dealtwith in class, and I think that in some way it is related to the previousone.In “Annabel Lee” we are told that the author loved her so much thatafter her death he would remember her forever, and somethingsimilar happens here. The theme of this poem is grief and it showshow difficult is to forget somebody we loved, following this idea thattime does not always heal the pain. In the first eight lines, the author talks about missing her loved one;and references to time can be perceived through mention of place:“The old snows melt from every mountain-side” - a reference towinter moving to spring - and “last years leaves are smoke in everylane” - a reference to clean-up, but her thoughts and emotions stillremain.The turn occurs in the ninth line, where she shifts and talksspecifically about the ability of a place to evoke his memory. Shefears going to familiar places because they will trigger memory, butshe also fears going to new places, because they remind her he wasnever there with her.
I’ve chosen these imagesbecause I think they reflectthe feelings that aredescribed in the poem.
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; Coral is far more red than her lips’ red; If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damask’d, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go;My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare.
This is the poem I like most of those that were read in class, it isunusual and different from the typical poem and that is why I’vechosen it.This sonnet is clearly a parody of the conventional love sonnetmade popular by Petrarch. Shakespeare used parallel structures,metaphors and exaggerated comparisons to achieve a humoroustone and to portray his beloved as an ordinary human person,since she is not compared with a goddess or with nature (thetypical sources of inspiration for the average sonneteer).Furthermore, at the beginning of the poem the speaker seems tobe viewing his mistress disdainfully, as if he is not attracted toher. However, the final couplet tells the truth about the womanthis poet loves: He sees her in all her mortal imperfection and stillhe loves her and considers her as rare and lovely as if she reallydid have all those goddess-like attributes. It is indeed this bluntbut charming sincerity that has made sonnet 130 one of the mostfamous in the sequence.
I’ve chosen these photos ofdifferent women to showthat each of them areimperfect but still beautifulin their own way. Perhapstrue love is accepting that aperson has faults and lovingthem anyway.