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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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  • Malini Kadir (2/20/2008 11:56:00 PM)

    The winds some time leave people like Annabel......not washing them to the peace of blissful release from all pain...
    ............Compounds pain.....This made love seem eternal.....and touching

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  • Jim Troy (2/19/2008 7:17:00 AM)

    A beautiful deepest love which we all share. The lovely song of eternity

  • Nadia Badilla (1/18/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    I wanted to add to the great comments of this poem! I feel the pain of Annabel and its so great that she's not alone.As humans we forget to love all people for who they are.This poem brought great tears to my eyes.
    Thank you

  • Lily Barrie (1/5/2008 12:56:00 PM)

    this is one of my favorites...Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite poets too, he had a tough life and it can be seen through all of his works like this one.

  • Yaritza Florencio (12/19/2007 8:43:00 PM)

    wow i absolutely love this poem....Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite poet........i like how his poems all have these very scary yet very obscure meanings......Annabel lee is a great example i mean the entire poem is really about obsession about maddening obsession..

  • George Mann (12/19/2007 7:16:00 PM)

    Definitely near (if not at the top) of my list of favorite poems. I'm surprised at all you Poe fans out there, though- do you really think Poe was righting a romantic love poem? That just doesn't fit Poe's mindset. The brilliance of this, in my opinion, is just how creepy and unsettling it is. Take, for example, his incessant repeating of Annabel Lee who lives by the sea. It's obsession, and more than that: it's necrophilia. Now, that's why this poem is amazing! As morbid as that sounds...

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  • Allison Collins (12/2/2007 3:30:00 PM)

    The first time I was introduced to this poem was last year when I was eleven. It was read aloud to me by my teacher at the time, a man whom I have a great amount of repect and affection for. My Honors Literature group in my class had been studying Edgar Allan Poe, so when we received another piece of his work I was expecting a (somewhat perverted in my opinion) poem about a gruesome death such as that of The Telltale Heart or The Black Cat. As my teacher began to read it, however, experiencing it for the first time was quite incredible. It is a beautiful composition describing the grief and power of the death of a loved one, set in a 'kingdom by the sea.' Each and every time I read it I feel the same magic inside me, lifting up my poetic essenceas I relive the first time I heard it. Poe's understanding and portraying of the cycle of life and death, though gory in some instances, presents itself in a breathtaking and magnificent manner when given in this amazing poetic format. Go Poe!

  • Janice Destura (11/26/2007 6:57:00 AM)

    My first encounter with this poem is when I'm only 12 years old. I read the poem and after that I cannot seem to forget it. The words used are so powerful and while reading the poem, I feel as if I'm standing on the rocky shores of the sea....

  • Beth Fillers (11/18/2007 9:07:00 AM)

    This has been my favorite poem since I was a very small child. It's hauntingly beautiful.

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