Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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

Form:

# 6 poem on top 500 Poems

User Rating:
9.1 / 10 ( 1,396 votes )

Do you like this poem?
1210 person liked.
170 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: beautiful, sea, heaven, child, wind, happy, moon, night, love, children, angel, rose, star, dream

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

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

Enter the verification code :

  • Rookie April Matthews (1/29/2015 4:32:00 PM)

    The Tell-Tale Heart is my favorite story by Poe but Annabel Lee is my favorite poem. I cherish all his writings. Nobody has ever written just like Poe and nobody ever will. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 242 Points Pamela Leschevin D'ere (1/23/2015 7:41:00 AM)

    This is a poem of how one can resurrect the beloved each night in the dream, and written with such simplicity of an
    aching heart, which so many of us have experienced - it echoes my two lines: Love is never wasted, even when it doesn't last. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 290 Points David Hockaday (1/11/2015 5:53:00 PM)

    Most beauitful poem of all times. My favorite. I hope one day I can write a poem this well written (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jennifer Lowe (1/5/2015 11:11:00 AM)

    When I read this as a kid my reaction was to hope someone would love me this much someday. Still waiting.....LOL (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,279 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/8/2014 5:04:00 PM)

    This was one of the poems I could recite during student life. Just loved this and an inspiration of entering into the world of romance. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/23/2014 1:26:00 PM)

    How beautifully these sad words roll off the tongue. My hero Such pain is felt reading this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 197 Points John Zwerenz (10/11/2014 7:27:00 PM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is the most underrated poet of the last two Centuries. His poetic genius was unprecedented and he still possesses the most gilded diadems in the crown of poetic achievement. His verse speaks to the heart because Poe not only wrote poetry - he lived poetry.

    John Lars Zwerenz (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 404 Points Willian Menuci (9/8/2014 7:29:00 AM)

    Well, as somebody said sometime ago:
    The beautiful yet dark mind of Edgar Allan Poe
    This poem makes me sad and happy at the same time,
    He lost his precious love, but at least he had someone to love.
    Now his Annabel Lee lives forever by his side. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 532 Points Ray Subrata Ray (7/20/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    Poe immortalizes here in Annabel Lee his first love that he could not translate into earthly reality. Once again, no poet can overcome the personal impressions in poetry. Here in this poem -the unrequited love revives, and the poet treasures it as unearthly bliss. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 532 Points Ray Subrata Ray (7/20/2014 3:58:00 AM)

    The Immortal Love.

    It were a damsel she,
    And adolescent me,
    Sweet fifteen and tempest twenty.

    It was a miraculous chemistry,
    Of eye and heart,
    It was an invisible bond above artless art .

    It was a lease far above the Everest,
    More beneath the Specific Ocean,
    That like a grotesque sprang amidst us,
    It was all prevailing with no body and touch!

    She needs no name, so the me of mine,
    For we have the radioactive Unconscious,
    That defying Time and Space shines.

    While she denounced the world,
    And left me alone to care the treasure,
    I dug and dug my own well,
    And flashed she, when I reached the water level. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,094 Points * Sunprincess * (6/20/2014 12:34:00 PM)

    ...........truly this is one unforgettable write....this poem must be read time and time again... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maddy Zoe (5/29/2014 1:22:00 AM)

    sad yet beautiful... Love transcends the time and the distances and anything is possible in love [3 (Report) Reply

Read all 316 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Touched by an Angel, Maya Angelou
  4. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  5. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

poet Hilaire Belloc

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Something They Couldn't Steal Away, Spiritwind Wood
  2. Sweet Sighs, Leria Hawkins
  3. Goodnight Sweet Kira 3, Michael P. McParland
  4. The Origin of Words, Bijay Kant Dubey
  5. My Prerna, Inspiration/ A Cup of Coffee .., Bijay Kant Dubey
  6. A Villain I, Bijay Kant Dubey
  7. I.H.Rizvi, Bijay Kant Dubey
  8. Crying Tonight, Michael P. McParland
  9. Ballad Of A Mothers Love, Kewayne Wadley
  10. Terrorist, Kewayne Wadley
[Hata Bildir]