Poe Poem #2 - Annabel Lee

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Poe Poem #2 - Annabel Lee

Unread postby Liz » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:26 am

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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Unread postby gilly » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:25 pm

I love this poem Liz..This is my favourite Poe thing..I read this as a child and always thought it so sad and romantic..I always had this strong visual of a girl standing on a cliff looking out to sea, shades of 'Ryan's Daughter'.[o.k..I'm showing my age :grin: ]
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Unread postby Still-Rather-Timid » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:35 pm

I love this poem, too. Has anyone out there read Nabokov's lovely, twisted novel, Lolita, that has a character and an early episode inspired by Poe's Annabel Lee?

P.S. Liz, did you get distracted by a picture of Johnny this morning? Where is the rest of Annabel Lee?

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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Unread postby Liz » Tue Oct 25, 2005 8:57 pm

Oops. That'll teach me for not reading through it after I posted it. Don't know what happened. I thought I hit select all. :blush: Could also be that I was still asleep and needed some of this. :morning:
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Unread postby Betty Sue » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:05 pm

Guess I needed more :morning: this morning, too, as I had meant to look up to see if a few lines were missing. Either way, it gives me chills!
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Unread postby Liz » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:20 pm

And I never heard of the poem before until one of you mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. So I had to post it--well, at least try to post it. :lol:
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Unread postby lumineuse » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:38 pm

One of my absolute favorite Poe works - thanks, Liz. It's just so beautiful and so sad....
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Unread postby bluebird » Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:48 pm

One of my favorite Poe poems, too. I love reading it aloud....Love how the words sound and the rhythm...

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.


THAT gives me chills when I read it....
:bawl: Why can't I write poetry like that??????

Sorry....carried away.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Tue Oct 25, 2005 10:51 pm

That is probably one of my favorite Poe works. It really is beautiful and hanunting but not scary... :baby:
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Unread postby Glendaleigh » Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:02 pm

gilly wrote:I love this poem Liz..This is my favourite Poe thing..I read this as a child and always thought it so sad and romantic..I always had this strong visual of a girl standing on a cliff looking out to sea, shades of 'Ryan's Daughter'.[o.k..I'm showing my age :grin: ]


I've been reading Poe for as long as I can remember. Okay, it was junior high. Annabel Lee has always tugged at my heartstrings. Chelsey should know it viscerally, since I read it to her frequently when she was a baby. I always 'hear' it with Vincent Price's voice when I read it to myself.

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Unread postby Liz » Tue Oct 25, 2005 11:41 pm

Vincent Price's voice was the best--next to Johnny's, of course.
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