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(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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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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  • Alan Lawrence (9/25/2007 3:35:00 AM)

    Finally, i was getting worried that no one in the top poems had any talent, and then i came across a true poetic genius. This man was a legendary poet.

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  • Amity Willows (9/18/2007 5:58:00 PM)

    I love this poem, and I love Edgar Allen Poe!

  • Sindy Ma (8/29/2007 5:33:00 AM)

    i always thought a sepulchre was a coffin/tomb....
    one would assume that she was dead by the time they 'imprison' her in the sepulchre.

  • Alexis Ravenhill (8/26/2007 9:35:00 PM)

    Thanks for the crit. Naveed. Very... critical...

  • Naveed Akram (8/8/2007 5:39:00 PM)

    The story unfolds in an exciting spirit, as the telling is extravagant and involves the imagination of a brainy kind. It would make you proud of itself.
    It has a standard beginning, ‘It was many and many a year ago, ’, except I can never find the exact syntax anywhere in poetry. Rather a suitable way of beginning something of an ‘Annabel Lee’, whoever she was. She is a maiden, as the poet stipulates she must be loving and lovely. Is there any other side to her? The first stanza has left us guessing about a maiden?
    The second stanza is surprising with the ‘I was a child’; in fact, we are doubly surprised as both are children for each other. What is more, the love that came from a maiden has been called something other than love - an exaggerated love. Some crookedness has been exposed of the entire heavens. This is much exaggeration, once again.
    She next gets imprisoned in some fairy place or ‘sepulchre’. See how she departs when all is well, ‘In this kingdom by the sea’. This fairylike refrain has implications of a greater nature.
    Next, we have the killing of Annabel Lee. This is resented as bitter and troublesome in some huge measure. ‘Chilling’ is blamed for its double effect. A strong knowledge has been evident.
    Still we learn late in the poem that they loved each other far too strongly. Thus the separation was inevitable; but it even happened. Wisdom does not deal so much with this strong attachment between a man and a woman. It is glorious. The supposed ‘tomb by the sounding sea’ lingers enough to give us the impression his love is precious yet.

  • Mo. (8/7/2007 3:08:00 PM)

    Great poem, by a great poet!

  • Nilo Sampayo (7/25/2007 12:13:00 AM)

    When I recited this lovely poem in one of high school classes about twenty years ago, I should admit that I did not feel the message, less I was not even romantic then. Reciting it again today makes it more meaningful specially when it is dedicated to a loved one. I always admire Edgar Allan Poe's literary works but I think Annabel Lee is one of his best poems Its simple, lyrical and personal.

  • Eszter Csikos (7/1/2007 4:37:00 PM)

    I am a woman who appreciates romance, but until this poem, I only read books. This is the first poem in my many years which I have payed attention to, and It just took my breath away. Poe was a genius

  • Dom Wisperez (7/1/2007 5:51:00 AM)

    Truely a love story of a poem. Romantic and mysterious, with godly feel...

  • Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 9:04:00 AM)

    This poem was one of the reasons why I started reading poetry again. It's haunting beauty of hopeless but eternal romance and love will remain a classic forever!
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/francois-hoon

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