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


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    Would you please tell me about the meaning of this poem, in your own language Eng or Ind Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Faith Mason (4/24/2020 6:22:00 PM)

    This poem is very nostalgic because my mother read this to me as a child. This is still my favorite poem to read. Amazing work, as always(Report)Reply

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  • Soran M. HSoran M. H (2/26/2020 5:55:00 AM)

    Amazing work by the famous poet, Annabel Lee affected the entire life of the poet later on, but inspired him with the great poems and pain too, thank you for putting this poem and sharing this lovely poem..
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  • John SJohn S (2/23/2020 8:53:00 PM)

    What an epic poem. Poe was a true wordsmith! I love the line “can ever dissever my soul from the soul of the beautiful Annabel Lee”(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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