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
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.

Form: Ballad

Comments about Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Veteran Poet - 1,755 Points Shah Surja (11/25/2015 5:47:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem........... (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,686 Points Alem Hailu G/kristos (11/23/2015 2:16:00 AM)

    It is a poem that stands the test of time! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 109 Points Ian Muhando (11/23/2015 1:10:00 AM)

    so confusing my friend you make be,
    in this kingdom by the sea you make me wanna be,
    but the envy, the jealousy i can live with,
    but the the pain and the love,
    am scared of. and so should thee,
    i wish someone could convince me otherwise, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 13 Points Tami Hawkins (11/22/2015 11:39:00 PM)

    If I were he, and you were she
    In this kingdom by the sea,
    And you also did perish,
    I would do as he did
    The love he did cherish
    In his kingdom by the sea.

    And lay with you still
    Beside you, I will.
    Still as the night, yet still,
    In our kingdom by the sea.
    : an ode to my love, and Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shereen Seyam (11/20/2015 4:00:00 PM)

    Ohhhhh...such a romantic myth and reality. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 473 Points Walter Dapliyan (11/16/2015 8:33:00 PM)

    Who has loved and couldn't let go?
    Who has loved and wrote it true?
    Who has loved and told me so?
    The dark poet, Edgar Allan Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 344 Points Usman Anwar (11/5/2015 12:08:00 PM)

    Poe The Dark Romanticist (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 165 Points Phoe Jonsen (10/28/2015 1:24:00 PM)

    I cry. I love her, beautiful Annabel Lee. A love more than love. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 231 Points Vivek Mishra (10/26/2015 11:35:00 AM)

    well, Poe's weird and talented......... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kobbie Higgs (10/20/2015 10:44:00 AM)

    very true in our modern world when true feelings are concealed.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 Le (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,008 Points * Sunprincess * (10/11/2015 11:19:00 PM)

    .....an extraordinary write and one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 424 Points Maria Justa Polotan (9/19/2015 8:38:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe's poems are timeless. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,762 Points Loke Kok Yee (9/15/2015 8:12:00 AM)

    A tear fell from my eyes yet there's joy in the heart.
    Hauntingly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,224 Points Phurpa Wangdi (9/2/2015 10:17:00 AM)

    best poem i ever read (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,892 Points Frank Davis, Sr. (8/25/2015 9:21:00 PM)

    Ranks among the best poems ever written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 24 Points Walter Crawford (8/17/2015 7:45:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem expressing that true love never dies. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,329 Points Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/14/2015 1:45:00 AM)

    Annabel Lee - An excellent poem of Edgar Allan Poe! Amazing love! Enjoyed the recitation of the Poem too. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,106 Points Melvina Germain (8/14/2015 1:06:00 AM)

    I absolutely adore this poem, it's wonderfully amazing..... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,191 Points Curtis Johnson (8/12/2015 7:21:00 PM)

    This poem is well written and I like its realness of expressing love from childhood onward. It is also very sad and hard for me to imagine enduring such a loss. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,008 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 4:59:00 PM)

    ....always a pleasure to read this extraordinary piece on true love ★ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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