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
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Form: Ballad

Comments about Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Rookie Robert Borsody (3/6/2014 2:20:00 PM)

    This is a lovely poem, no question. However I have a few comments.
    Poe was certainly a countercultural rebel for his time. Kicked out of UVA (which I also attended – but they have his room set up as a memorial now so they changed their mind about him) he certainly was non-establishment. The line about the... highborn kinsmen... bearing her away from him, looks like a jab at the establishment.
    Poe married his cousin who was herself a child and so, the poem is kind of autobiographical.
    We all know that Poe was fascinated with death and morbid and macabre things. And the Poe twist comes at the end. He doesn't just lie down somewhere and dream about his dead love, he lies down in the sepulcher, in her tomb. Not just kinky but kind of stinky, especially soon after her demise while this young lass was decomposing.
    Those last four lines are what change the whole tenor of the poem and make it characteristically Poe. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,232 Points Vizard Dhawan (2/27/2014 8:14:00 PM)

    Poe is without a doubt the best poet of
    all eternity. His use of words convey to
    use a world we can only dream of. This
    poem is full of wonder. His poems
    make you want to turn away and read
    more all at the same time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M Mostaqul Haque (2/26/2014 11:25:00 PM)

    A romantic description of a classic sadness, the poem bears sordid significance of life. In a sense, the poem constrains diversity of rhyme-words with the key world sea, as plea, tree, bee and what not the poet knew better. Reminiscence of childhood, imagination of sea shores and memories of Annabel Lee are glorified artistically in the context of Nineteenth century. Rhythmical consonance catches listlessly. Poetic success of Poe in this poem is obviously perfect. M Mostaqul Haque (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wolf Pack (2/25/2014 7:21:00 AM)

    This is about giving God and his angels the royal finger. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tyson Mwanza (2/25/2014 2:44:00 AM)

    Perfect! Sometimes we just love in vain. But its fine anyway. As long as we loved with a love that's deeper than a sea. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Daniela Gutierrez (2/16/2014 5:49:00 PM)

    Love this poem is the most romantic I ever read I'm my life (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 99 Points Lauren Rosina (2/3/2014 2:55:00 PM)

    Though it might seem like it isn't, this poem is actully quite dark. It start's out all sweet and romantic. Then Annabel Lee get's sick and die's. And then Annabel Lee's husband blame's it on angel's jeolusy of there love. Then it's sweet again with this part, 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.
    But it end's with Annabel Lee's husband sleeping next to her tomb.
    It's a perfect blend of creepy and romantic, meaning this poem is awsome. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jon M. Nelson (1/26/2014 2:45:00 PM)

    I love Poe's short stories, and some of his darker poems like 'The Raven'. I think it is always great when you see a different side to writers, for you'll never know what to expect from them. Great rhythm and structure in this heartfelt tale. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rob Wood (1/25/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    A celebration of adolescent love - a dream with little or no connection with any actual woman. It's as though death is worshipped. But It has a sonorous strength and draws me in, despite my 'educated' reservations. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Margaret Craft (1/9/2014 10:21:00 AM)

    I used to know all of this by heart. Age messes you up sometimes. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,857 Points Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:27:00 AM)

    The name Annabel Lee continues the pattern of a number of Poe's names for his dead women in that it contains the lulling but melancholy L sound. Furthermore, Annabel Lee has a peaceful, musical rhythm which reflects the overall musicality of the poem, which makes heavy use of the refrain phrases in this kingdom by the sea and of the beautiful Annabel Lee, as well as of the repetition of other words. In particular, although the poem's stanzas have a somewhat irregular length and structure, the rhyme scheme continually emphasizes the three words me, Lee, and sea, enforcing the linked nature of these concepts within the poem while giving the poem a song-like sound. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 73 Points Barry Middleton (11/20/2013 10:40:00 AM)

    Mathias, I don't think there is anything here about necrophilia. For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams means the last stanza occurs in his dreams. In dreams he can lie down beside her again. But there is more, for the loss is so painful it is as if Poe also is dead and in the tomb with her. Which is a more lyrical line after all - I lay on her grave or in her tomb? Still this is a spiritual union he speaks of - in dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 395 Points John Zwerenz (11/16/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe was a master poet, of both darkness and romance. This great poem refers to the loss of his young wife. Poe spent nights upon her grave, in the cold and in the rain, sobbing. His love for other people was fantastic and was matched only by his extremities in suffering. He truly lived and bled as a poet. He is buried in Baltimore, Maryland. Every year an unknown person lays a bouquet of roses and a bottle of wine upon his grave.
    ~ John Lars Zwerenz (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mathias Pickleberry (11/8/2013 11:33:00 AM)

    Dear David Vonner,
    You discussed how this poem is about love. But really this poem is about necrophelia you pervert. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bob ice (10/19/2013 9:31:00 PM)

    Read this poem. (I'm assuming that you have already done that.)
    Look at the last two lines. (Now ask yourself what was the point of the last line?)
    Poe most likely included that line to emphasize the word 'in.'
    Think about what this specific preposition means in context
    It means that the narrator is INSIDE of her tomb
    Not beside her tomb, but INSIDE of her tomb
    What does this mean?
    It means that instead of being this bittersweet poem of love, our narrator is actually a necrophiliac.
    Reread the poem with this in mind.
    See what I mean? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Vonner (9/16/2013 4:37:00 PM)

    A bitter sweet poem of a beautiful love........Poe at his best (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 2 Points John Tatum (8/21/2013 11:43:00 PM)

    the double rhyme makes a magical incantation to the charm of this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 22 Points Aleks G (8/15/2013 2:54:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,573 Points Babatunde Aremu (8/7/2013 5:50:00 AM)

    Great write! Although the poem was emotional ans sad, one can visibly feel its warmth (Report) Reply

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