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    Edgar Allan Poe , Annabel Lee

    Hello, I am studying this poem, but I am confused at interpretation.
    the first line in forth stanza,
    "The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, went envying her and me."
    I thought the anger was very happy, but interpretation in Korean says "The angel was not happy so that the angel envied them"

    but the phrase "not half" means "very" isn't it?

    how do I understand it? Please helpT^T

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    Re: Edgar Allan Poe , Annabel Lee

    Quote Originally Posted by SundayHong View Post
    Hello, I am studying this poem, but I am confused at interpretation.
    the first line in forth stanza,
    "The angels, not half so happy in Heaven, went envying her and me."
    I thought the anger was very happy, but interpretation in Korean says "The angel was not happy so that the angel envied them"

    but the phrase "not half" means "very" isn't it?

    how do I understand it? Please helpT^T
    The author and Annabel Lee were so in love and so happy that even the angels in heaven (who were not as happy) were envious.

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    Re: Edgar Allan Poe , Annabel Lee

    Thank you
    Then, in this poem, 'not half' doesn't mean 'very'!
    just not ! half! right?

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    Re: Edgar Allan Poe , Annabel Lee

    Quote Originally Posted by SundayHong View Post
    Thank you
    Then, in this poem, 'not half' doesn't mean 'very'!
    just not ! half! right?
    You can read it as "not (half) as happy".

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    Re: Edgar Allan Poe , Annabel Lee

    In the sense of 'less than half', yes.

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