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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
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  • Tanya Lyles (6/18/2008 10:27:00 AM)

    In regards to the post wondering why he mentioned “Sea” in every stanza, I believe it shows obsession repeating himself over and over shows the passion for his lover. He was obsessed with her. Edgar Allan Poe was a brilliant writer. I commend him on his works.

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  • Megan Angel/Rucker (6/10/2008 11:41:00 AM)

    I love Edgar Allan Poe! He was such a wounderful poet! I love this poem its one of my favorites!

  • Liandra Schoot (6/3/2008 10:42:00 PM)

    Why does he mention the 'sea' in every stanza?
    It's a wonderful love poem, but I don't understand the meaning of the 'sea', is it eternity he means?

  • Kevin Cruceta (5/24/2008 9:56:00 AM)

    This poem should be like this read all i wrote please!

    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 side of the sea.

  • Allison Hankins (5/11/2008 6:42:00 PM)

    Wow. this is the exact definition of true love! Being able to lie down beside yer luv enev as they're dead! wow, just wow!

  • Viola Grey (5/10/2008 11:35:00 PM)

    Poe is so amazing and so easy to get immersed in...even after all these years he still inspires so much...check out the Tiger Army song of the same's fantastic.

  • Nichole Evans (5/7/2008 3:34:00 PM)

    i just love poetry...My hubby proposed to me by using poetry.
    And it was perfect guys, if you are reading this it will make your love say YES! !

    This poem is so good and it is free?
    Thanks 4 having/making time to read this!

  • Angela Baughcum (5/6/2008 3:45:00 PM)

    I got to do a project at school and i have to recite this poem and know what it means..Most of everything we have to do is boring but this isnt! !
    i love it! ! !

  • Kimber Harrison (5/4/2008 9:47:00 AM)

    I loved this poem from the start. I'm always loved poetry but I'm not an expert and I can't say what Edgar Allen Poe was trying to get across. What I do know is that when myself personally writes a poem, I do it for the fun of it, also in the hope of one day getting them published. I don't really care about my Poe wrote this beautiful peace of literature. I don't care about all the metaphores, or whatever. I simply want to read a poem about two people sharing a love that is so strong, it made the angels in heaven jealous. I just want to enjoy it.

  • Justin Dole (5/1/2008 10:56:00 AM)

    I think this poem is really tring to reach out to people and tell everyone to never give up on love. don't be completely obsessed like Poe, but don't take life for granted like how the world has been. In my opinion this poem is perhaps the greatest peom ever.

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