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

  • Nigel Norton Nigel Norton (2/11/2016 1:27:00 AM)

    I love this poem and the repartition of the name Annabel lee... (Report) Reply

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  • Rowan Ashwood (2/9/2016 10:28:00 AM)

    this poem holds so much emotion it make me sad (Report) Reply

  • Jessica Mcquistan Jessica Mcquistan (2/5/2016 1:39:00 PM)

    I remember having to choose a poem to recite in seventh grade. This was the exact poem I chose to recite. It was also the poem that got me interested in writing poetry in the first place. (Report) Reply

    Nigel Norton Nigel Norton (2/11/2016 1:25:00 AM)

    I also remember this poem from school days..

  • Sebnem Yasarlar (2/4/2016 9:29:00 PM)

    It was soo romantic and sad once she died leaving him behind. Also this is the last poem he wrote in his lifetime, that is pretty sad once you think of it! I LOVED IT! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rhitam Jha (2/3/2016 12:48:00 PM)

    Straight to the heart (Report) Reply

  • Zlatko Glumac (1/30/2016 6:12:00 PM)

    This is great poem, i love it! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Zlatko Glumac (1/30/2016 6:10:00 PM)

    Great Poem, i love it! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Michael Gale Michael Gale (1/26/2016 6:40:00 PM)

    One of My favorite works, by one of My most favorite Poet! :) (Report) Reply

  • Michael Gale Michael Gale (1/26/2016 6:38:00 PM)

    This Poet and His works, have always been my favorites, especially this worded work! He has to be the most famous and read Poet of all time! :) (Report) Reply

  • Clifford Mateh Clifford Mateh (1/13/2016 3:56:00 PM)

    This is one of the treasures to be kept safe for 100 years to come I will still be reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Menato 10 (1/13/2016 7:54:00 AM)

    In her tomb by the sounding sea.beautiful poem (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/12/2016 6:18:00 PM)

    ...........one of my favorite poems of all time ★ (Report) Reply

  • Jax T Jax T (12/29/2015 11:53:00 PM)

    This has always been one of my favorite (Report) Reply

  • Alisha Castle Alisha Castle (12/24/2015 1:43:00 PM)

    A beautiful love poetry is Annabel lee, full of deep thoughts and heart touching (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (12/14/2015 11:41:00 PM)

    lovely poem, full of emotion... it is just so great (Report) Reply

  • John Petree (12/12/2015 10:52:00 PM)

    Utterly beautiful. Just the thought Edgar puts into his poems leaves me feeling really lazy, even a bit down, at how I write poems myself. (Report) Reply

  • Majid Gaggi Majid Gaggi (12/6/2015 3:24:00 AM)

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    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.

    my favorite poem (Report) Reply

  • Shah Surja Shah Surja (11/25/2015 5:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem........... (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/23/2015 2:16:00 AM)

    It is a poem that stands the test of time! (Report) Reply

  • Ian Muhando (11/23/2015 1:10:00 AM)

    so confusing my friend you make be,
    in this kingdom by the sea you make me wanna be,
    but the envy, the jealousy i can live with,
    but the the pain and the love,
    am scared of. and so should thee,
    i wish someone could convince me otherwise, (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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