"It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea that a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee." "Annabel Lee," is a tale of two lovers separated by death. "For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-Nameless here forever more." "The Raven," is a poetic story of a man who is separated from his love by death and he is trying to accept her being gone forever. In Edgar Allan Poe's works, "Annabel Lee," and, "The Raven," both narrators have lost their beloveds by the hands of angels, but in contrast Annabel Lee's lover is happy and in denial not believing she is dead, on the other hand Lenore's lover is trying to accept her death.
There are many similarities in the narrating men of these two works by Poe. In both the men are barely described, they only speak of the women they love. In both works the narrators believe that angels above are the cause of the deaths of their lost loves. From, "The Raven," "For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-Nameless here forevermore" and in, "Annabel Lee," "The angels not half so happy in heaven, went envying her and me: Yes! This was the reason (as all men know, in this kingdom by the sea) that the wind came out of a cloud, chilling and killing my Annabel Lee." The setting in both stories that the narrating men are in are both very somber dreary places. In, "Annabel Lee," the man is in a kingdom by the sea and spends every night by her tomb. In, "The Raven," the man is in his, "chamber," which makes you think of a dark dreary place and he has, "purple curtains," and it is dark outside, "-here I opened wide the door;-Darkness there and nothing more." It is also indicated in both stories that the narrators have lost their loves some time ago, in, "Annabel Lee," you know this by the quote, "It was many and many a year ago," and from, "The Raven," "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; and each separate dying ember wrought it's ghost upon the floor-sorrow for the lost Lenore-".