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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  • Sreelakshmi Revikumar (12/1/2018 5:08:00 AM)


    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.

    The deep love and how it extends beyond death is shown here. The poet bears no anger on the ones who have killed Annabel lee. Instead, he accepted that they did it out of jealousy. How many people would be sane safe if their loved ones are gone. The poem, though simply written, carries the richness in them.
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  • (11/2/2018 7:33:00 AM)


    An embodiment of love personified in the form of a song. The intensity of emotions flowing through out it just stunning. (Report) Reply

  • (10/28/2018 1:55:00 PM)


    My favorite poem...thank you for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • (10/12/2018 1:34:00 PM)


    he love her with all of hes heart. (Report) Reply

  • (10/10/2018 8:14:00 AM)


    i love this poem anabell lee by edgar allan poe (Report) Reply

  • (10/8/2018 10:37:00 AM)


    This is DUMB! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 12:51:00 PM)


    What a tragic poem. It is like a story. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2018 9:29:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem i first read in 8th grade (Report) Reply

  • Sleinez Robedillo (9/24/2018 12:01:00 AM)


    forever my favourite! (Report) Reply

  • (9/19/2018 12:03:00 PM)


    Nice one I loveit (Report) Reply

  • (9/13/2018 2:37:00 PM)


    Beautiful poem. Rate 10 (Report) Reply

  • (8/16/2018 9:33:00 AM)


    What a heartbreaking story with such a beautiful artistic form It leaves a mark on my heart (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (8/11/2018 8:08:00 PM)


    Beautifully put together poem of a great love lost. (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2018 10:33:00 AM)


    PLEASE mute those speakers whose renditions are so lacking in presentation (Report) Reply

  • (7/24/2018 7:38:00 PM)


    ...when I read And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
    Of the beautiful Annabel Lee. I think about when I need a smile. R.
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  • (7/23/2018 1:13:00 AM)


    Love ❤️ it’s one of my favorites (Report) Reply

  • (7/18/2018 4:21:00 PM)


    To lose someone you love so much is heart breaking (Report) Reply

  • (7/17/2018 5:45:00 PM)


    Where is the previous reader What is this computerized nonsense. This voice grates on my nerves. (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2018 9:50:00 AM)


    I like this (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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