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

  • Silver Star - 3,428 Points Bill Galvin (7/2/2015 5:55:00 AM)

    A beautiful lament to a lost love. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 48,977 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/19/2015 2:30:00 AM)

    Classically Epic...One of the Macabre Masters finest works... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 8:49:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough t (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Yessenia Gutierrez (6/15/2015 7:36:00 PM)

    Love this poem! ! ! It's so deep, and beautiful. I would love to meet Anabelle Lee, lol. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 132 Points safiya husain (6/14/2015 1:35:00 PM)

    O I love this one (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,531 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (6/1/2015 9:24:00 PM)

    A love will endure anything
    Even death
    Even to eternity of sadness
    SO long as love motivates.. it is ok to be sad. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 9,421 Points Khairul Ahsan (7/21/2015 12:18:00 AM)

    it is ok to be sad...
    Your lasy line is priceless, Naida! Loved it.

  • Rookie - 0 Points John Kearns (5/15/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    Yes, I agree with you John. Poe is a national treasure that still bears gifts for us all. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zach Russell (5/6/2015 1:40:00 PM)

    The final masterpiece of an amazing writer. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 406 Points Richard Blay (4/9/2015 1:42:00 PM)

    Such great piece is hard to come by. It's gives me different meaning each time I read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 43 Points Baro Done (3/29/2015 3:28:00 PM)

    It is a great example of love as a powerful tool, and all of its magic could be used to create a unveiled sanction (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 324 Points Red (3/2/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    Seriously beautiful writing with the most captivating imagery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:28:00 AM)

    I like this poem as a song, it actually works. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,693 Points Jaishree Nair (2/8/2015 5:58:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem .hats off to the great poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie J.r Mort (2/7/2015 3:18:00 AM)

    I named my daughter after this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ericka Casanova (2/4/2015 10:36:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem from him😋 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie April Matthews (1/29/2015 4:32:00 PM)

    The Tell-Tale Heart is my favorite story by Poe but Annabel Lee is my favorite poem. I cherish all his writings. Nobody has ever written just like Poe and nobody ever will. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 2 Points Ecem Gerede (3/23/2015 2:06:00 AM)

    I agree with you. But I like his short stories more than his poems.

  • Veteran Poet - 1,123 Points Panmelys Panmelys (1/23/2015 7:41:00 AM)

    This is a poem of how one can resurrect the beloved each night in the dream, and written with such simplicity of an
    aching heart, which so many of us have experienced - it echoes my two lines: Love is never wasted, even when it doesn't last. Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,715 Points Norman Wang (1/17/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    a touching and beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,715 Points Norman Wang (1/17/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    a touching and beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 293 Points David Hockaday (1/11/2015 5:53:00 PM)

    Most beauitful poem of all times. My favorite. I hope one day I can write a poem this well written (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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