Annabel Lee



Imagery in Poetry

It's time for another writing assignment.

Start by reading this comic strip by Julian Peters, then follow the lesson steps below.

Lesson Steps

  1. Choose one panel of the comic strip. (A panel is a single image). You are going to write a reflection (at least two paragraphs) about this image.
  2. Click on the quiz at the bottom of the page. You are going write your reflection in the answer box.
  3. At the top or your reflection, write the line of the poem that your panel illustrates. Put that line of the poem within quotation marks.
  4. Now skip a line before starting your first paragraph.
  5. Your first paragraph should describe the picture. What do you see?
  6. Your second paragraph can be about anything—as long as it is related to the picture or the poem. Here are some ideas:
    • How does the image make you feel? Why?
    • What do you like about the image?
    • What do you like about this particular line of the poem?
    • Does the picture help you to visualize the line of the poem? How?
    • What does the picture or the line remind you of?
  7. If you want, you can write more than two paragraphs. Remember: Keep your paragraphs short! And don't forget to put a blank line between paragraphs.


Imagery in Poetry

"That a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee."

In this panel, we see a girl standing at the end of a dock. She is turned toward the sea, so we cannot see her face. Her pigtails are flying in the wind. She is wearing an old-fashioned dress with a sash around her waist.

The girl, of course, is Annabel Lee. The narrator of the poem loves her very much. The picture is like a snapshot in his mind of a time when he and Annabel were very happy.

The two of them must have spent many hours on this dock, sitting side-by-side, holding hands, gazing out across the harbor. I'm sure they grew very close. They probably shared all their hopes and dreams with one another.