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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Comments about Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

  • George Mann (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

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  • Suicide King (12/7/2007 4:17:00 AM)

    ROCK ON POE ROCK ON! (Report) Reply

  • Allison Collins (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

  • Janice Destura (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

  • Beth Fillers (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

  • Alan Lawrence (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

  • Amity Willows (9/18/2007 5:58:00 PM)

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

  • Sindy Ma (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. (Report) Reply

  • Alexis Ravenhill (8/26/2007 9:35:00 PM)

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

  • Naveed Akram (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. (Report) Reply

  • Mo. (8/7/2007 3:08:00 PM)

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

  • Nilo Sampayo (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

  • Eszter Csikos (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

  • Dom Wisperez (7/1/2007 5:51:00 AM)

    Truely a love story of a poem. Romantic and mysterious, with godly feel... (Report) Reply

  • Francois Hoon (6/29/2007 9:04:00 AM)

    This poem was one of the reasons why I started reading poetry again. It's haunting beauty of hopeless but eternal romance and love will remain a classic forever!
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  • Ben Voss (6/11/2007 7:57:00 PM)

    this poem is very beautiful a (Report) Reply

  • Mr. Zoomorphic (4/19/2007 11:00:00 AM)

    they both suck ass anyway (Report) Reply

  • Leila Eagles (4/14/2007 5:42:00 PM)

    This is the PROPER version of Annabel Lee:

    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.

    She was a child and I 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 wingéd 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 Annabel Lee;
    So that her highborn kinsmen 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 her sepulchre there by the sea –
    In her tomb by the side of the sea.

    By Edgar Allan Poe (Report) Reply

  • Sarah Beth (4/4/2007 10:50:00 AM)

    You have the poem completely wrong. Maybe if you are going to post literature, you should first read said literature. You are a complete disgrace to Edgar Allan Poe. I am going to go vomit now. I hope your happy (Report) Reply

  • Cecilia Nicoletti (3/7/2007 12:10:00 PM)

    What a sense of sweetness.The pain and tender mix to describe misfortune as no one can.It was a long time ago I ve heard this poem readed by a women.It could be best by a man...the thing is perfect use of languaje words images tone and rhyming.And we dont use to think at Poe as Poet. (Report) Reply










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