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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.

Comments about Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Rookie - 48 Points Glenn Frederick Baker (5/5/2016 8:39:00 AM)

    ' Highborn kinsman ' I think he means death himself a beautiful phrase. It is interesting that Poe married his first cousin when she was only thirteen and he was twenty seven. We do not know if the marriage was consecrated.
    I wonder if she was the childhood innocent love in this poem. She died at the young age of twenty four of tuberculosis. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Uros Besevic (5/3/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    By far the best poem. Full of love, yet tragic and dark. It moves me every time! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 41,015 Points Sandra Feldman (4/27/2016 11:35:00 PM)

    The most tragically beautiful love poem ever written in the English language
    or maybe in any language.
    A poetic masterpiece. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Lyric

  1. 1. Annabel Lee , Edgar Allan Poe
  2. 2. A Dream , William Blake
  3. 3. I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. A Noiseless Patient Spider , Walt Whitman
  5. 5. The Tyger , William Blake
  6. 6. A Lyric Day , Robert William Service
  7. 7. Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee To A Sum.. , William Shakespeare
  8. 8. Lyric Written In 1830 , Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
  9. 9. A Lyric To Mirth , Robert Herrick
  10. 10. Phoenix Lyrics , Delmore Schwartz
  11. 11. Two Lyrics From Kilroy's Carnival: A Mas.. , Delmore Schwartz
  12. 12. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  13. 13. Lyric Of Love To Leah , Aleister Crowley
  14. 14. I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Died; , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. The Land Of Counterpane , Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. 16. I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain (280) , Emily Dickinson
  17. 17. The Ivy Green , Charles Dickens
  18. 18. All Souls' Night , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. Young Poets , ToddMichael St. Pierre
  20. 20. Report On Experience , Edmund Blunden
  21. 21. Testament , Dorothy Parker
  22. 22. New England , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  23. 23. Indian Summer , Sara Teasdale
  24. 24. Wealth , Joyce Kilmer
  25. 25. (1) Beyond Eden , Sandra Fowler
  26. 26. A Cold Grey Wintry Day , Walterrean Salley
  27. 27. His Prayer To Ben Jonson , Robert Herrick
  28. 28. Cocoon For A Skeleton , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  29. 29. An Hymn To The Muses , Robert Herrick
  30. 30. A Commitment To Love , Musfiq us shaleheen
  31. 31. The Sea To The Shore , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. The Exile , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  33. 33. Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. 34. An Ode For Ben Jonson , Robert Herrick
  35. 35. At Burgos , Arthur Symons
  36. 36. The Seeker , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. 37. Pastel: Masks And Faces , Arthur Symons
  38. 38. (lpl) ......Lyrics Of Life , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  39. 39. When The Dark Comes Down , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  40. 40. A Paraphrase Of Heine , Eugene Field
  41. 41. Applauding A Boo , Indira Renganathan
  42. 42. I Hold You In The Lyric Of My Thoughts , Sandra Fowler
  43. 43. September Midnight , Sara Teasdale
  44. 44. A Portrait , Harriet Monroe
  45. 45. To My Enemy , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  46. 46. The Wood Pool , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  47. 47. Kidnap Poem , Nikki Giovanni
  48. 48. The Morning Lark , James Thomson
  49. 49. A Later Alexandrian , George Meredith
  50. 50. Horace I, 31. , Eugene Field
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