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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.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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Comments about this poem (Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe )

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  • Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:27:00 AM)

    The name Annabel Lee continues the pattern of a number of Poe's names for his dead women in that it contains the lulling but melancholy L sound. Furthermore, Annabel Lee has a peaceful, musical rhythm which reflects the overall musicality of the poem, which makes heavy use of the refrain phrases in this kingdom by the sea and of the beautiful Annabel Lee, as well as of the repetition of other words. In particular, although the poem's stanzas have a somewhat irregular length and structure, the rhyme scheme continually emphasizes the three words me, Lee, and sea, enforcing the linked nature of these concepts within the poem while giving the poem a song-like sound.

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  • Barry Middleton (11/20/2013 10:40:00 AM)

    Mathias, I don't think there is anything here about necrophilia. For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams means the last stanza occurs in his dreams. In dreams he can lie down beside her again. But there is more, for the loss is so painful it is as if Poe also is dead and in the tomb with her. Which is a more lyrical line after all - I lay on her grave or in her tomb? Still this is a spiritual union he speaks of - in dreams.

  • John Zwerenz (11/16/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe was a master poet, of both darkness and romance. This great poem refers to the loss of his young wife. Poe spent nights upon her grave, in the cold and in the rain, sobbing. His love for other people was fantastic and was matched only by his extremities in suffering. He truly lived and bled as a poet. He is buried in Baltimore, Maryland. Every year an unknown person lays a bouquet of roses and a bottle of wine upon his grave.
    ~ John Lars Zwerenz

  • Mathias Pickleberry (11/8/2013 11:33:00 AM)

    Dear David Vonner,
    You discussed how this poem is about love. But really this poem is about necrophelia you pervert.

  • Bob ice (10/19/2013 9:31:00 PM)

    Read this poem. (I'm assuming that you have already done that.)
    Look at the last two lines. (Now ask yourself what was the point of the last line?)
    Poe most likely included that line to emphasize the word 'in.'
    Think about what this specific preposition means in context
    It means that the narrator is INSIDE of her tomb
    Not beside her tomb, but INSIDE of her tomb
    What does this mean?
    It means that instead of being this bittersweet poem of love, our narrator is actually a necrophiliac.
    Reread the poem with this in mind.
    See what I mean?

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  • David Vonner (9/16/2013 4:37:00 PM)

    A bitter sweet poem of a beautiful love........Poe at his best

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  • John Tatum (8/21/2013 11:43:00 PM)

    the double rhyme makes a magical incantation to the charm of this poem

  • Aleks G (8/15/2013 2:54:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems.

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