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

  • 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

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  • (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

  • (1/9/2014 10:21:00 AM)


    I used to know all of this by heart. Age messes you up sometimes. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

  • John Zwerenz (11/16/2013 4:04:00 AM)


    Edgar Allan Poe was a master poet, of both darkness and romance. This great poem refers to the loss of his young wife. Poe spent nights upon her grave, in the cold and in the rain, sobbing. His love for other people was fantastic and was matched only by his extremities in suffering. He truly lived and bled as a poet. He is buried in Baltimore, Maryland. Every year an unknown person lays a bouquet of roses and a bottle of wine upon his grave.
    ~ John Lars Zwerenz
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  • (11/8/2013 11:33:00 AM)


    Dear David Vonner,
    You discussed how this poem is about love. But really this poem is about necrophelia you pervert.
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  • (10/19/2013 9:31:00 PM)


    Read this poem. (I'm assuming that you have already done that.)
    Look at the last two lines. (Now ask yourself what was the point of the last line?)
    Poe most likely included that line to emphasize the word 'in.'
    Think about what this specific preposition means in context
    It means that the narrator is INSIDE of her tomb
    Not beside her tomb, but INSIDE of her tomb
    What does this mean?
    It means that instead of being this bittersweet poem of love, our narrator is actually a necrophiliac.
    Reread the poem with this in mind.
    See what I mean?
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  • (9/16/2013 4:37:00 PM)


    A bitter sweet poem of a beautiful love........Poe at his best (Report) Reply

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  • John Tatum (8/21/2013 11:43:00 PM)


    the double rhyme makes a magical incantation to the charm of this poem (Report) Reply

  • (8/15/2013 2:54:00 PM)


    One of my favorite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (8/7/2013 5:50:00 AM)


    Great write! Although the poem was emotional ans sad, one can visibly feel its warmth (Report) Reply

  • Khadija Salim (8/7/2013 1:40:00 AM)


    this is a swittest poem! ! (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2013 9:46:00 PM)


    This poem is great poem. When I was high school student, first time I heard this poem through radio.
    The sound and meaning are very fantastic. I wanted like this love but it was impossible in the world.
    Does anyone love so deeply, and with such despiration, nowadays.Love is deep, and true, and real, and though others CAN be loved afterwards, everlasting. Edgar Allen Poe, a writer plagued by sorrows, and my 1nd favorite poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2013 9:46:00 PM)


    This poem is great poem. When I was high school student, first time I heard this poem through radio.
    The sound and meaning are very fantastic. I wanted like this love but it was impossible in the world.
    Does anyone love so deeply, and with such despiration, nowadays.Love is deep, and true, and real, and though others CAN be loved afterwards, everlasting. Edgar Allen Poe, a writer plagued by sorrows, and my 1nd favorite poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2013 9:45:00 PM)


    This poem is great poem. When I was high school student, first time I heard this poem through radio.
    The sound and meaning are very fantastic. I wanted like this love but it was impossible in the world.
    Does anyone love so deeply, and with such despiration, nowadays.Love is deep, and true, and real, and though others CAN be loved afterwards, everlasting. Edgar Allen Poe, a writer plagued by sorrows, and my 1nd favorite poet.
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/15/2013 7:43:00 PM)


    Very beautiful poem, especially the last verse just takes you away. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (7/10/2013 7:33:00 AM)


    Beautifully written...Heart rending. (Report) Reply

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