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

  • (2/28/2008 12:22:00 PM)

    A fine poem with the rhythmic flow to carry it along beautifully. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/22/2008 12:45:00 PM)

    This is one of my most favorite poem ever.....I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (2/20/2008 11:56:00 PM)

    The winds some time leave people like Annabel......not washing them to the peace of blissful release from all pain...
    ............Compounds pain.....This made love seem eternal.....and touching
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  • (2/19/2008 7:17:00 AM)

    A beautiful deepest love which we all share. The lovely song of eternity (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    I wanted to add to the great comments of this poem! I feel the pain of Annabel and its so great that she's not alone.As humans we forget to love all people for who they are.This poem brought great tears to my eyes.
    Thank you
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  • (1/5/2008 12:56:00 PM)

    this is one of my favorites...Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite poets too, he had a tough life and it can be seen through all of his works like this one. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2007 8:43:00 PM)

    wow i absolutely love this poem....Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite poet........i like how his poems all have these very scary yet very obscure meanings......Annabel lee is a great example i mean the entire poem is really about obsession about maddening obsession.. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2007 7:16:00 PM)

    Definitely near (if not at the top) of my list of favorite poems. I'm surprised at all you Poe fans out there, though- do you really think Poe was righting a romantic love poem? That just doesn't fit Poe's mindset. The brilliance of this, in my opinion, is just how creepy and unsettling it is. Take, for example, his incessant repeating of Annabel Lee who lives by the sea. It's obsession, and more than that: it's necrophilia. Now, that's why this poem is amazing! As morbid as that sounds... (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2007 4:17:00 AM)

    ROCK ON POE ROCK ON! (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2007 3:30:00 PM)

    The first time I was introduced to this poem was last year when I was eleven. It was read aloud to me by my teacher at the time, a man whom I have a great amount of repect and affection for. My Honors Literature group in my class had been studying Edgar Allan Poe, so when we received another piece of his work I was expecting a (somewhat perverted in my opinion) poem about a gruesome death such as that of The Telltale Heart or The Black Cat. As my teacher began to read it, however, experiencing it for the first time was quite incredible. It is a beautiful composition describing the grief and power of the death of a loved one, set in a 'kingdom by the sea.' Each and every time I read it I feel the same magic inside me, lifting up my poetic essenceas I relive the first time I heard it. Poe's understanding and portraying of the cycle of life and death, though gory in some instances, presents itself in a breathtaking and magnificent manner when given in this amazing poetic format. Go Poe! (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2007 6:57:00 AM)

    My first encounter with this poem is when I'm only 12 years old. I read the poem and after that I cannot seem to forget it. The words used are so powerful and while reading the poem, I feel as if I'm standing on the rocky shores of the sea.... (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2007 9:07:00 AM)

    This has been my favorite poem since I was a very small child. It's hauntingly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (9/18/2007 5:58:00 PM)

    I love this poem, and I love Edgar Allen Poe! (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (8/26/2007 9:35:00 PM)

    Thanks for the crit. Naveed. Very... critical... (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (8/7/2007 3:08:00 PM)

    Great poem, by a great poet! (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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 (Report) Reply

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