Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Annabel Lee - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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.

Form: Ballad


Comments about Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Dayna Thunder (7/24/2016 2:43:00 PM)

    so beautiful but so sad (Report) Reply

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  • Toni Marie Landino (7/12/2016 1:55:00 PM)

    My father read me this every night when I was a child. I so loved Poe. His complete unabridged work is phenomenal.. (Report) Reply

  • Ash Sri (7/12/2016 3:51:00 AM)

    Oh so sad (Report) Reply

  • Preston Morimondo (6/9/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    I have no idea what people see in this poem. Honestly- is it just the Twilight in you that makes you think it's romantic to sleep with your girlfriend's corpse? Bleh.

    And what is We loved with a love that was more than love. Does the man have no imagination? I think he smoked with a smoke that was more than smoke before he wrote this. one. (Report) Reply

    Joseph David Oliver Joseph David Oliver (7/18/2016 7:06:00 AM)

    it's about how love outlasts even death. If you want to insult someone....look in a mirror because I think you smoked a smoke that was more than smoke. and that's why you like to insult someone who is a far greater writer than anyone I know or will know. He was the original horror and tragedy writer of his time, and NO ONE else had the balls to write the stuff he wrote. that just makes him even greater than his Critics (a.k.a. you) try to make him out to be..... and the fact that he was killed by unknown reasons (that are still unknown even today) just makes his life more tragic. he lost his family, a military career was denied him and he suffered a drug addiction.....show the guy some respect.

  • Ludolf Dauphin Ludolf Dauphin (6/7/2016 4:15:00 PM)

    I first heard this poem in a episode of Baywatch, and fell in love with it and poetry. So tragic and yet so beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Adrianna La Flash Adrianna La Flash (6/2/2016 2:16:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan poem was the first poet I truly loved, and still remains in my top ten.
    Although this poem was not my introduction to his work, this is my favorite poem by Edgar Allan Poe. This poem made me truly and completely fall inlove with poetry.

    It is so truly beautiful, 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 - a love that was more than love, and, then the thought that angels had a jealously over their love, and that's why Annabel Lee had died. (Report) Reply

  • James Corro James Corro (5/26/2016 6:59:00 PM)

    It is my all-time greatest poem. I like to read this everyday. Romantic yet tragic. (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/24/2016 6:58:00 PM)

    Because of this poem, I fell in Love with EAP (Report) Reply

  • Zoila T. Flores Zoila T. Flores (5/24/2016 1:33:00 PM)

    Not bad, Or might be that I'm his fan. (Report) Reply

  • Martin Greyford Martin Greyford (5/13/2016 5:18:00 AM)

    we loved with a love that was far more than love itself the first time i ready this sad love poem i showed it to my girlfriend who later then shouted wow! some people a talented to bring up such a poem in a narration this is a lovely poem. i love it very much especially for for where it says i and my beautiful annabel lee (Report) Reply

  • Glenn Frederick Baker (5/5/2016 8:39:00 AM)

    ' Highborn kinsman ' I think he means death himself a beautiful phrase. It is interesting that Poe married his first cousin when she was only thirteen and he was twenty seven. We do not know if the marriage was consecrated.
    I wonder if she was the childhood innocent love in this poem. She died at the young age of twenty four of tuberculosis. (Report) Reply

  • Uros Besevic (5/3/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    By far the best poem. Full of love, yet tragic and dark. It moves me every time! (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (4/27/2016 11:35:00 PM)

    The most tragically beautiful love poem ever written in the English language
    or maybe in any language.
    A poetic masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Cielo Grace Deza (4/22/2016 10:49:00 AM)

    It was a nice poem and full of love. (Report) Reply

  • Lucas Mmaduabuchi Lucas Mmaduabuchi (3/24/2016 1:50:00 AM)

    Such wonderful description. I love it (Report) Reply

  • Brittany Laulu (3/23/2016 4:32:00 AM)

    I had found this poem so beautiful yet tragic (Report) Reply

  • Dorina Neculce Dorina Neculce (3/18/2016 2:23:00 PM)

    It was soo soo soo romantic and very sad
    a profundly poetry (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala Amar Agarwala (3/10/2016 7:13:00 PM)

    A beautiful composition of love, yearning and longing of the soul. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/1/2016 9:00:00 AM)

    I love this poem from the bottom of my heart (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (2/21/2016 6:54:00 PM)

    ...........honestly and seriously and with all due respect, on this complete list of top 500 poems of Poemhunter this poem should be listed as number 1....I'm certain Poe invested a great deal of time into this beautiful narrative poem...and I'm also certain this poem would be more challenging, than any other poem listed...honestly, who can write a poem such as this, anyone? ★ (Report) Reply

    Adrianna La Flash Adrianna La Flash (6/2/2016 2:19:00 AM)

    Agreed

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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