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Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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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
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  • Rookie - 150 Points Salim R Javed (4/15/2014 2:39:00 AM)

    Poe an excellent poet of his time and Annabel Lee no comparsion with this poem a master piece i am fan of 3 poets 1. Robert Frost 2. Edgar Allan Poe 3. Of course William shakespear (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/15/2014 2:33:00 AM)

    Frost and Poe..truly are the greatest poets ever.

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  • Rookie Mariam Daoud (3/23/2014 12:49:00 PM)

    OK OBVIOUSLY @Robert Borsody and @Adam Mcelroy have no idea what this poem is about. The poem was written for his wife who died of tuberculosis. Her name was Virginia and he wrote this poem right after her death, he just didn't use her name in the poem. The chilling wind is meant as the disease and the highborn kinsmen are her rich family that took her away from the sea and buried her. He only put the adj highborn or rich b/c in the 1800 only rich families could buy their children r family member after shipping them away, even if it is just for a few hundred miles
    so yea he is dark, but if u had ur first love of ur life leave u for some other dude then the other true love die of a disease where she coughed up blood and bits and pieces of lung, wouldn't YOU be dark as well? so the hughborn kinsmen is nothing about the job he got kicked out of, it was a jab to his love's family who took her away to bury her. -_- DUH (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 3,676 Points Susan Williams (7/9/2014 2:53:00 PM)

    Mariam Daoud. I enjoyed the intelligence in this comment- too bad it was marred by snarky remarks about other comments made. I would recommend that no one think they can crawl into the head of a poet and tell everybody everything that poet was saying in his poem. For one thing, I believe that there are times even the poet didn't realize what was slipping from his heart or mind or soul into his work. For another thing, if another person's comments are made after research and meditation, they can probably add a dimension and texture that was lacking in other comments. Such as the comment by Robert Borsody (3/6/2014 2: 20: 00 PM) about Poe having been kicked out of UVA and yet now they have set up his room as a memorial. His remark that the highborn kinsmen bearing her away from him being a possible jab at the establishment is more than possible. It is also possible that it is merely one of several threads woven into the tapestry of that poem- such as Poe having a resentment against her family. I hope to read more of your intelligent comments in the future but how about proffering them more respectfully? .

  • Rookie Ryan Williams (3/16/2014 2:43:00 PM)

    It was a very morose poem. Edgar Allan Poe's morbid, alcoholic life led to many great stories and poems. I feel bad at the same time for him. His biological father left the family and his mother died. He was then adopted by a rich couple. The mother showed feelings for him while the father hated Poe. His soon-to-be wife slowly died in front of him. This led to the poem The Raven. He was found in clothing that was not his when he died. Because of the lack of substantial technology that we have today, his death still stumps everybody. His stories and poems are simply delightful but, as I stated before, extremely morbid. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Robert Borsody (3/6/2014 2:20:00 PM)

    This is a lovely poem, no question. However I have a few comments.
    Poe was certainly a countercultural rebel for his time. Kicked out of UVA (which I also attended – but they have his room set up as a memorial now so they changed their mind about him) he certainly was non-establishment. The line about the... highborn kinsmen... bearing her away from him, looks like a jab at the establishment.
    Poe married his cousin who was herself a child and so, the poem is kind of autobiographical.
    We all know that Poe was fascinated with death and morbid and macabre things. And the Poe twist comes at the end. He doesn't just lie down somewhere and dream about his dead love, he lies down in the sepulcher, in her tomb. Not just kinky but kind of stinky, especially soon after her demise while this young lass was decomposing.
    Those last four lines are what change the whole tenor of the poem and make it characteristically Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 175 Points Vizard Dhawan (2/27/2014 8:14:00 PM)

    Poe is without a doubt the best poet of
    all eternity. His use of words convey to
    use a world we can only dream of. This
    poem is full of wonder. His poems
    make you want to turn away and read
    more all at the same time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M Mostaqul Haque (2/26/2014 11:25:00 PM)

    A romantic description of a classic sadness, the poem bears sordid significance of life. In a sense, the poem constrains diversity of rhyme-words with the key world sea, as plea, tree, bee and what not the poet knew better. Reminiscence of childhood, imagination of sea shores and memories of Annabel Lee are glorified artistically in the context of Nineteenth century. Rhythmical consonance catches listlessly. Poetic success of Poe in this poem is obviously perfect. M Mostaqul Haque (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tyson Mwanza (2/25/2014 2:44:00 AM)

    Perfect! Sometimes we just love in vain. But its fine anyway. As long as we loved with a love that's deeper than a sea. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Lauren Rosina (2/3/2014 2:55:00 PM)

    Though it might seem like it isn't, this poem is actully quite dark. It start's out all sweet and romantic. Then Annabel Lee get's sick and die's. And then Annabel Lee's husband blame's it on angel's jeolusy of there love. Then it's sweet again with this part, 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.
    But it end's with Annabel Lee's husband sleeping next to her tomb.
    It's a perfect blend of creepy and romantic, meaning this poem is awsome. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jon M. Nelson (1/26/2014 2:45:00 PM)

    I love Poe's short stories, and some of his darker poems like 'The Raven'. I think it is always great when you see a different side to writers, for you'll never know what to expect from them. Great rhythm and structure in this heartfelt tale. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rob Wood (1/25/2014 8:46:00 AM)

    A celebration of adolescent love - a dream with little or no connection with any actual woman. It's as though death is worshipped. But It has a sonorous strength and draws me in, despite my 'educated' reservations. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,123 Points Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 12:27:00 AM)

    The name Annabel Lee continues the pattern of a number of Poe's names for his dead women in that it contains the lulling but melancholy L sound. Furthermore, Annabel Lee has a peaceful, musical rhythm which reflects the overall musicality of the poem, which makes heavy use of the refrain phrases in this kingdom by the sea and of the beautiful Annabel Lee, as well as of the repetition of other words. In particular, although the poem's stanzas have a somewhat irregular length and structure, the rhyme scheme continually emphasizes the three words me, Lee, and sea, enforcing the linked nature of these concepts within the poem while giving the poem a song-like sound. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barry Middleton (11/20/2013 10:40:00 AM)

    Mathias, I don't think there is anything here about necrophilia. For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams means the last stanza occurs in his dreams. In dreams he can lie down beside her again. But there is more, for the loss is so painful it is as if Poe also is dead and in the tomb with her. Which is a more lyrical line after all - I lay on her grave or in her tomb? Still this is a spiritual union he speaks of - in dreams. (Report) Reply

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