Repetition In Annabel Lee Analysis

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Repetition is a unifying device to a poem’s narrative. It’s the repeating of a word or phrase to add rhythm or to emphasize an idea. It adds change, development and meaning to a poem's theme. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of repetition in the poems “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” shows importances and emphasis to the theme and adds rhythm to the poem.

In “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, many parts of the poem are repeated over and over again. The repetition of "nevermore" reiterates the grief, death, and despair in “The Raven”. According to the poem, “Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore’(Poe 48). Nevermore is constantly restated at the end of every stanza, which shows the hopelessness of the speaker. According to the literary critic, Harold Bloom, “Giving
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“Annabel Lee” states,“Can ever dissever my soul from the soul/ of the beautiful Annabel Lee”(Poe 32-33). ‘The beautiful Annabel Lee’ is repeated because she is the reason this poem written, it’s all about her. When these words are repeated it’s showing his passion and love for Annabel Lee. The literary critic, Harold Bloom’s opinion is that, “Repetition of words and phrases emphasizes the lover's despairing sense of his "left-behindness," his inability to go "beyond." He restates the angels' covetous motive, insisting again, with an exclamatory "Yes!", that he has identified the cause of his beloved's death.” (Bloom). He keeps repeating the same phrase, insisting that he was the reason why a couple of things happened, for example why the wind came down and killed Annabel Lee.

Finally, repetition is the action of repeating a phrase or word that has already been said or stated. It is one of the most important literary terms, that is frequently utilized in poems. The use of repetition in the poems “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe adds an organized pattern and reveals the significance and value of the themes in the poems. The reiteration of the phrases in both poems is either for assurance and relief for the speaker or to insist on an idea that needs to be sent to the reader. Repetition is a powerful and effective rhetorical device in