Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan PoeSo exquisite and bittersweet is this poem, my comments dont do it justice. I have included it below:
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.
Edgar Allan Poe Using a melodious narrative form, the speaker laments the death, many years ago, of his beloved young bride Annabel Lee. Since her death, he has spent night after night at her tomb, an astonishing and perverse example of the immortality of young love. Both his parents died before he was three years old, and he was subsequently raised in the home of Frances Keeling Valentine Allan and her husband John Allan, a prosperous exporter from Richmond, Virginia. As a youth, Poe attended the finest academies in Richmond, his stepfather overseeing his education, and he entered the University.
Was it autobiographical? The story is told that a young woman - named Annabel Lee - was part of a wealthy Charleston family. She fell in love with a Virginia sailor who was stationed in that South Carolina port town. The navy man wanted to marry the Southern girl. Annabel Lee's father did not approve of her suitor.
Like many of Poe's poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman. He retains his love for her even after her death. There has been debate over who, if anyone, was the inspiration for "Annabel Lee". Though many women have been suggested, Poe's wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe is one of the more credible candidates. Written in , it was not published until shortly after Poe's death that same year.
If you know a little bit about Poe, you might not be surprised to hear that "Annabel Lee" is spooky and sad, and that it deals with one of the author's favorite subjects, the death of a beautiful young woman. It's always a little hard to separate the life of the legendary Poe from his works. In this case, there are some big similarities. Poe was also in love with a young woman, his cousin Virginia Clemm, and married her when she was just She had died two years before this poem was written. Whether or not this poem is "autobiographical," we can be sure that Poe knew what he was talking about here. This intense and fascinating poem is one of Poe's most famous.
Last Update: Sept. It has long and generally been regarded as a tribute to the memory of Virginia Poe, although that idea is rather in the realm of legend than demonstrable fact. Other ladies have been thought to be the original of Annabel Lee, but from the beginning the opinion has been sometimes held that the personal element in the poem is subordinate. Its continued appeal lies not in its immediate inspiration but in its preeminence as a poem of young love, unconquered and unconquerable. It is significant that Mrs. One sensitive reader felt the rhythm to be dirgelike, recalling the tolling of a buoy in the ebb and flow of the sea. The poem may be called anapestic by metrists, but Poe was successfully using a special kind of anapest that had long interested him.