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"Annabel Lee" is one of many pieces of writing by Edgar Allan Poe which explore the theme of a beloved woman who died young. As with other such works, most famously "The Raven", critics have speculated about who this young woman might have been based on, e.g. Poe's own wife or his mother. But I'm curious if there's any significance to be extracted from the name "Annabel Lee". Do we have any clues about how or why Poe chose this name (which might be separate from the inspiration behind the character)?

  • Is it too simplistic to assume that he simply picked a name for its rhymes and scansion? – user14111 Jan 23 at 9:23
  • @user14111 A justification for this name based on purely linguistic aspects of the poem (rhyme, rhythm, etc.) would be very interesting. I'm not restricting this only to answers along the lines of "her name was inspired by so-and-so in real life". – Rand al'Thor Jan 23 at 9:26

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