Annabelle Lee

This is Terra’s tattoo:

My grandmother, who was also one of my closest friends, recently died. She was named Annabelle Lee after the Edgar Allan Poe poem, although spelled differently. In her memory, this is my new tattoo of the first stanza of the poem, with her name in her own handwriting (I got it from her passport).

Literary Tattoos: Edgar Allan Poe Annabel Lee

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;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

- Excerpt from “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.  Read the whole poem here.


  1. Jennifer white says

    I names my daughter Anabelle lee after the poem and am still trying to figure out which part of the poem will be on my tattoo, it’s a beautiful poem and te hand written part is a lovely touch

  2. says

    this is a gorgeous tattoo in memory of your grandmother and I love the handwritten name from her passport! she had gorgeous handwriting – just perfect for a tattoo! :) awesome!

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