Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Annabel Lee

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 wingèd 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 kinsmen 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 her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.


  1. I love this poem and many of his others for reasons I can't say publically.

    1. We share the love of his poetry and unshared dreams, Leigh.


  2. I remember learning this poem back in high school and it really touched me...thanks for reminding me.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Brings back high school memories, Leigh? Smile miss Carla my English teacher said when I chose his book "The Pit and the Pendulum" in my exams that it was such a brave choice because she thought it was a scary book.

      But I, I was a brave man, not afraid of a book.
      Ah, memories, must be getting old,


  3. Awwwwww.. LOVE
    Beautiful words and nice video.

    Thank you, Han
    Mona Lisa

    1. I'm so glad you like it, Mona Lisa, I discovered the poem years ago and I can recite it by heart now...
      But than again I am the romantic in our family,


  4. Beautiful, Han. Thank you.

    1. I'm so pleased it pleased you, Appy! It was wonderful that you took the time to read it and comment,


  5. Here goes my brain again, trying to interpret and analyze. This is a great poem, full of love. The story is almost like Romeo and Juliet

    1. Full of tragic love, and wonderful to analyse. But even prettier just to go with the flow of the rhyme. Poe is so masterful in his rhymes.

      How wonderful of you that I could awaken your interest on this poem,



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