Rhyme and Repetition in Poe's "Annabel Lee"

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Many and many a year ago Edgar Allan Poe crafted the chilling tale of "Annabel Lee." The poem is the perfect vehicle to introduce Poe's concept of unity of effect, the idea that every element in a poem or story should help to develop a single effect. Readers pay particular attention to how Poe uses rhyme scheme and repetition to develop the macabre tone of the poem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Rather than a teacher-led discussion, provide groups with the discussion questions and have them share their responses with the class
  • Ask pupils to create a poster for the poem, to display these images, and to explain their choices of colors and images 
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes class members have experience crafting summaries and identifying rhyme schemes and rhythm patterns
  • Requires copies of the poem
  • The five-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions, a vocabulary list, worksheets, and the text of the poem
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Common Core