Annabel Lee Summary & Study Guide

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Poe introduces the setting of "Annabel Lee" in these lines. Though vague, his use of "many and many a year ago" shows with its repetition that the poem will tell about an event that occurred in the far past. The physical location "a kingdom by the sea" and the use of the abstract time frame produce a romantic, legendary quality for the narrative setting. These lines also establish the rhythmical use of anapests and iambs. Here, however, the first two syllables may be read as a spondee, a combination of two stressed syllables in a row. If one emphasizes both words, "It was," and keeps stress also on the first syllable of "many," the poem begins with the strong effect of three stressed syllables in a row.

These lines introduce the character of Annabel Lee. Her description as someone "whom you may know" adds to the legendary quality of the...

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