Annabel Lee - Edgar Allan Poe
o Set with fairy tale setting - “It was many and many a year ago in this kingdom by the sea that a maiden once lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee”
§ Idea of quest that I discussed in my class poetry reading
o Mentioning of necrophilia
§ Strange, because I did think about it, but did not consider a poem written about a lost love to be that grueling
o Said to be written about Virginia
§ This point would seem obvious seeing as how Virginia did die two years before the writing.
I carry your heart with me - e.e. cummings
o Not pansy heaven, or fragile of lily-of-the-valley
o Few pauses with line breaks
o Black red roses - contradicting colors to the theme of Heaven
It was a very interesting experience to see how my fellow student viewed works that I have known for a long time. Both of the two that I reviewed brought up points that I have considered but never would have brought up for fear of being too controversial.
I guess the whole point I am getting at is that I should REALLY step out of my shell and make bigger assumptions more often! :)