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

  • (4/17/2008 8:31:00 PM)


    I THINK THAT THIS POEM EXPRESSES THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING IN LOVE! IF HE WAS WILLING TO GO AND SLEEP IN A TOMB FOR HIS BRIDE THEN YOU KNOW THAT THESE TWO WERE REALLY IN A TRUE AND HEART-FILLED RELATIONSHIP! I DISAGREE WITH THAT JASON GUY WHO THINKS THAT THIS IS AN EXGERATION OF LOVE IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT I HOPE THAT HE READS THIS COMMENT SO HE KNOWS HOW I FEEL ABOUT HIM AND THAT HEART-BREAKING STATEMENT OF HIS! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (4/14/2008 11:42:00 PM)


    Ripper Moore
    I believe that you have taken this poem a bit too far. you seem to be convinced that he means literally in her 'tomb.' don't you think that he would love her enough to not be lieing down in the tomb next to her...i believe this part of the stanza
    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.'
    i think this is figuretively speaking, and i also believe you have greatly misinterpreted the poems meaning partially based on the rest of his writings.
    hope i didn't offend
    -me
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  • (4/4/2008 8:13:00 PM)


    Reading the other comments on this poem leads me to believe most of them missed the message. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, it speaks of love. It also speaks of someone so obsessed and paranoid that he accuses angels of killing his girlfriend out of envy, and goes to sleep in her tomb, next to her rotting corpse, every night. Edgar Allan Poe was best known as a horror writer. This poem is subtle, creepy, dark, HORROR. Having said that, I have always maintained that any poem potentially contains more meaning than the author perhaps meant to convey. Therefore someone who gets a romantic love story out of this may be just be seeing something in it I do not. I suppose. But I think Poe was fairly explicit when he said 'I lie down by the side of my darling... In her TOMB by the sounding sea.' Mind, I love this poem too. Love to read it, love to recite it to any one who will hold still, the dark passion he infuses the verses with is very moving. It distresses me however, that so many people seem to have read it without really reading it. (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2008 2:17:00 PM)


    i had to do a report on thiss for school report suckedd eggs but poem was great (Report) Reply

  • Melvin Banggollay (3/10/2008 4:00:00 AM)


    This is one of the most wonderful poem i have read. Its great not just in form, rhym and content. It is flowing with a burning passion and devotion with the silence of the sea echoing with an undyingLOVE AND FAITH for the beautiful Anabelle lee. (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2008 7:26:00 AM)


    This is my most favorite poem of all poems. it is touching, and i could read it over and over again without being bored. it is the most lovly poem, of how a man dreads losing the person who is most special to him. I love this poem and i love to read over and over again. (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2008 12:22:00 PM)


    A fine poem with the rhythmic flow to carry it along beautifully. (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2008 12:45:00 PM)


    This is one of my most favorite poem ever.....I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (2/20/2008 11:56:00 PM)


    The winds some time leave people like Annabel......not washing them to the peace of blissful release from all pain...
    ............Compounds pain.....This made love seem eternal.....and touching
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  • (2/19/2008 7:17:00 AM)


    A beautiful deepest love which we all share. The lovely song of eternity (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2008 10:59:00 AM)


    I wanted to add to the great comments of this poem! I feel the pain of Annabel and its so great that she's not alone.As humans we forget to love all people for who they are.This poem brought great tears to my eyes.
    Thank you
    Nadia
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  • (1/5/2008 12:56:00 PM)


    this is one of my favorites...Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite poets too, he had a tough life and it can be seen through all of his works like this one. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2007 8:43:00 PM)


    wow i absolutely love this poem....Edgar Allen Poe is my favorite poet........i like how his poems all have these very scary yet very obscure meanings......Annabel lee is a great example i mean the entire poem is really about obsession about maddening obsession.. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (12/7/2007 4:17:00 AM)


    ROCK ON POE ROCK ON! (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (9/18/2007 5:58:00 PM)


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



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