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Footnotes October 7, 2008

Follow your inner moonlight;

don’t hide the madness.

Allen Ginsberg
June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997

Poets

A Poetry Review

Speak Your Mind

Writer’s Digest Prompt Contest 14

Edgar Allen Poe – Annabel Lee

Today in history, poet Alan Ginsberg reads his poem “Howl” at a poetry reading.

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.

Speak Your Mind

Poetry

is the one place
where people can speak their
original human mind.
It is the outlet for people
to say in public
what is known in private.

Allen Ginsberg

A Poetry Review

You don’t necessarily need to be able to talk poetry or write poetry, you can read it and read about it. Here is a little link love for two of my favorite poetry sites at Today.

A Poet’s View, the Poetic Musings of Joanne Olivieri is a new poetry that I’ve been enjoying and I encourage you to visit for a variety of topics.

Visit Ariana’s A Poet’s Word for additional poetry topics. She’s re-awakening the art of poetry and always has a create a poem feature. The current topic is Thanksgiving. I participated in the first create a poem community project and it was a blast.

What are some of your favorite poetry sites? Please share.

Poets

Poets are Damned…
but See with the Eyes of Angels.

Allen Ginsberg
June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997