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Edgar Allen Poe “Annabel Lee” For the moon never beams without bringing me It was many and many a year ago, dreams In a kingdom by the sea, Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; That a maiden there lived whom you may know And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes By the name of ANNABEL LEE; Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Than to love and be loved by me. Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride, In the sepulchre there by the sea, I was a child and she was a child, In her tomb by the sounding sea. In this kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love- “Eldorado” I and my Annabel Lee; Gaily bedight, With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven A gallant knight, Coveted her and me. In sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, And this was the reason that, long ago, Singing a song, In this kingdom by the sea, In search of Eldorado. A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling My beautiful Annabel Lee; But he grew old, So that her highborn kinsman came This knight so bold, And bore her away from me, And o'er his heart a shadow To shut her up in a sepulchre Fell as he found In this kingdom by the sea. No spot of ground That looked like Eldorado. The angels, not half so happy in heaven, Went envying her and me- And, as his strength Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know, Failed him at length, In this kingdom by the sea) He met a pilgrim shadow; That the wind came out of the cloud by night, "Shadow," said he, Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee. "Where can it be, This land of Eldorado?" But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we- "Over the mountains Of many far wiser than we- Of the moon, And neither the angels in heaven above, Down the valley of the shadow, Nor the demons down under the sea, Ride, boldly ride," Can ever dissever my soul from the soul The shade replied,-- Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. "If you seek for Eldorado! 1. What is rhyme scheme? Write the rhyme scheme next to each line of the poems. 2. What is alliteration? Underline all examples of alliteration in the poems. 3. What is assonance? Underline all examples of assonance in the poems. 4. What is mood? What is the mood of each poem? 5. What is the relationship between the speaker and Annabel Lee? 6. What happens to Annabel Lee? What does the speaker do after this? 7. In “Eldorado,” what is the knight searching for? 8. What does the pilgrim shadow mean when he says it’s "Over the mountains / Of the moon, / Down the valley of the shadow”? Why doesn’t the knight stop looking? 9. Write a poem about a search for a magical object or place. Make it at least 8 lines. Rhyming is extra credit! Include how long the search is, what or where you’re looking for, whether or not you find it, and how you feel while you’re on the search.
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