Edgar Allen Poe – Annabel Lee

Edgar Allen Poe is one on of my favorite writers and I’m certain he would have understood Allen Ginsberg’s sentiment of poets being damned.

Here is a classic Poe poem. My parents had to memorize this poem in school (the teacher was somewhat obsessed with Poe, that knowledge proved helpful when I ended up with the same teacher years later…). While I’ve never memorized it, I still know great parts of it and can feel it in my soul.

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
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.

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  1. jodapoet says:

    Poe had an uncanny musicality to his voice. I don’t think there are many poets who could match his talents, especially today. He was a tortured soul who used poetry as his therapy and you can feel that deeply in all of his works.

  2. writelyapplied says:

    So true. Reading anything by him is so easy. The words lead the reader, you can’t mess it up. I picture that everyone would hang on his word if he were doing a reading of his works.

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