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Annabel Lee

Edgar Allan Poe

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Sounding Sea
Added by: Christina Griggs
Only Poe's final version of Annabel Lee reads "by the side of the sea" all of the previous versions end "by the sounding sea". It is a shame that his "final" was ruined by a poor edit job... the scansion is not correct with "by the side of the sea".
Added by: Daisy Argot
this poem was life changing i was living on the street and found this poem tossed out of a window when i read i was so amazed i turned in all my coke cans and went off to colege and now i work at a school and cut down on the coke to once a day
Added by: Amanda
In my Literature class we read this poem and were required to memorize it. I as a middle schooler absolutly love this poem.
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Added by: Rene C Gonzalez
I believe that Annabell Lee is the only true poem that Edgar Alan Poe ever wrote. The rest were constructed following a formula -- mostly anamotopetic words. But, in Annabel Lee, Poe really felt something, after his beloved cousin and wife died.
Is this not the case?
Added by: Jing
I remember reading this poem in 7th grade. It's such a sad poem. Perhaps there is a deeper meaning than of a boy losing his lover by the sea. Maybe Annabel Lee commited suicide or something. I'm not sure, but this is one of my favorite poems!
Added by: Paul K.
This poems language is very striking in that it talks of such a grave topic-the protagonist having his love taken away, but yet it talks in such beautiful verse. The poem almost lulls you into a false sense of security with its language and then later you realize what it is acutally talking about. Poe also creates a nice effect by coming back to the same line: "In this kingdom by the sea." This contributes to the calmness of the poem. However calm it may be, it is ultimately moving and sad.
Added by: Viba
This poem written by Poe has such a powerful tone where he portrays Annabel Lee to be this character whom he cannot live without. The poems repetitiveness shows his admiration and affection for Annabel. I imagine Poe writing this poem to confirm to others that his love for this woman will last interminably. The last line startles the reader setting a completely different theme. The poet suddenly goes from describing her beauty to mentioning her tomb by the sea.
Added by: whoaitsgabo
I think that by now, in society the word 'love' is quite overused and is now almost overrated. That is why my favorite part of this poem is when he says that "But we loved with a love more than love." It seems to really bring the reader into Poe's emotions and give him a taste of what he was feeling.
You can also feel a sense of loss when reading this, although he seems to want to make it clear to us that it doesn't truly matter to him whether she is here or there, dead or alive. He claims that since they "loved with a love more than love," death won't put a stop to that. Although he may be right, he cannot prevent the pain he was feeling from pouring out of the page.
Added by: trueluv
Edgar Allen Poe is such an exquisite writer. I think it is amazing that he was able to write such a heartfelt poem about love, in such a sad way. Poe puts so much emotion in his poems that it canít help but touch everyone who reads it. This poem really shows the love, everyone longs for. The way he links romance and tragedy is absolutely beautiful!
Added by: Jess
I think that this poem was written shortly after Poe's wife's death. Even after her death, Poe talks about how much he loved her, and because they were so happy together, the angels in heaven envied them and killed Annabel Lee. After her death, he still tends to "see" her everywhere, such as in his dreams or in the stars. He even goes as far as visiting her tomb at night and lying by her side. Overall, a pretty depressing poem about romance and tragedy.

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