Ulalume

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

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Unlike the poem Annabel Lee, the narrator is not aware of his return to the grave of his beloved, which reveals his dependence on Ulalume and his love.

His loss not only leaves him sad, but also utterly devastated, and by visiting his grave, he unconsciously faces greater self-inflicted anguish. The poem focuses mainly on decay and deterioration: the leaves are “withering” and the narrator’s thoughts are “slow”.

The verses are purposefully sound, built around the sound to create sadness and anguish. The poem employs Poe’s typical theme, “the death of a beautiful woman”, which he considered “the most poetic theme in the world. Several biographers and critics have often suggested that the author’s obsession with the theme stems from the repeated loss of women throughout his life, including his mother Eliza Poe and his adopted mother Frances Allan.

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