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.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Form: Ballad

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Baro Done (3/29/2015 3:28:00 PM)

    It is a great example of love as a powerful tool, and all of its magic could be used to create a unveiled sanction (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 324 Points Red (3/2/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    Seriously beautiful writing with the most captivating imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:28:00 AM)

    I like this poem as a song, it actually works. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 769 Points Jaishree Nair (2/8/2015 5:58:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem .hats off to the great poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie J.r Mort (2/7/2015 3:18:00 AM)

    I named my daughter after this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ericka Casanova (2/4/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem from him😋 (Report) Reply

  • 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 - 2 Points Ecem Gerede (3/23/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    I agree with you. But I like his short stories more than his poems.

  • Freshman - 538 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,700 Points Norman Wang (1/17/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    a touching and beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,700 Points Norman Wang (1/17/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    a touching and beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 293 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 - 304 Points Mary Jean Lyn Ollado (1/10/2015 9:57:00 PM)

    Very beautiful! It shows the undying love of two hearts even fate breaks them apart. (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

  • Bronze Star - 2,652 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 - 188 Points Crystal Pierce (3/28/2015 3:18:00 PM)

    So true!

  • Freshman - 909 Points Mark Arvizu (10/14/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    Haunting.......................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 261 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

  • Silver Star - 3,187 Points Walterrean Salley (9/14/2014 11:26:00 PM)

    The pain and brokenness of the languishing Mr. Poe produced a poetic jewel. Intriguingly beautiful. (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

  • Freshman - 657 Points Michael Hagwood (9/5/2014 1:09:00 PM)

    I think poe sometimes wrute poems too long (Report) Reply

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