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Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe

The Highborn Kinsman

Symbol Analysis

We get the feeling that our speaker thinks this guy is a not a good guy. He shows up for a line, takes Annabel away, and shuts her in a tomb. Then again, he's burying his dead relative, which is really what you're supposed to do, so we think it's maybe a little unfair to blame him.

  • Line 17: Even though we don't know exactly who he is (father? brother?), this kinsman is the main symbol of the interference of older people in the speaker's life. The speaker seems convinced that other people don't understand him and Annabel, and he's pretty annoyed that they would try to take her away, even though she is dead.

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