It feels as if the narrator is stuck in time unable to come to terms with the passing of his lover, the tone suggesting borderline insanity.
Poe’s signature gothic overtones are strong in the poem in its own subtle ways. Our experienced writers have been analyzing poetry since they were college students, and they enjoy doing it.
Poe does not describe the setting with any specificity, and he weaves a hazy, romantic atmosphere around the kingdom until he ends by offering the stark and horrific image of a "sepulchre there by the sea." The location by the sea recalls the city of "The City in the Sea," which is also located by the sea and which is conceptually connected to death and decay.
At the same time, the nostalgic tone and the Gothic background serve to inculcate the image of a love that outlasts all opposition, from the spiritual jealousy of the angels to the physical barrier of death.
“Annabel Lee” is the very last piece of poetry by the great Edgar Allen Poe.
Here Poe gives his own voice to a lamenting narrator who dictates a heart-wrenching story of how the cruel nature had conspired to rob him of his love – Annabel Lee, but has failed as his love for her extends beyond her grave.
Although the poem may refer to a number of women in Poe's life, most acknowledge it to be in memory of Virginia Clemm, Poe's wife who married him at the age of thirteen and who died in 1847 before she turned twenty-five.
The work returns to Poe's frequent fixation with the Romantic image of a beautiful woman who has died too suddenly in the flush of youth.
Annabel Lee is gentle and persistent in her love, and she has no complex emotions that may darken or complicate her love.
The poem's setting has several Gothic elements, as the kingdom by the sea is lonely and in an undefined but mysterious location.