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:
Synopsis[ edit ] The poem's narrator describes his love for Annabel Lee, which began many years ago in a "kingdom by the sea".
Though they were young, their love for one another burned with such an intensity that angels became envious. It is for that reason that the narrator believes the seraphim caused her death. Even so, their love is strong enough that it extends beyond the grave and the narrator believes their two souls are still entwined.
Every night, he dreams of Annabel Lee and sees the brightness of her eyes in the stars. Every night he lies down by her side in her tomb by the sea. In fact, the narrator's actions show that he not only loves Annabel Lee, but he worships her, something he can only do after her death.
Poetic structure[ edit ] "Annabel Lee" consists of six stanzasthree with six lines, one with seven, and two with eight, with the rhyme pattern differing slightly in each one.
In her tomb by the side of the sea Alternative version: In her tomb by the sounding sea Inspiration[ edit ] Poe's wife Virginia is often assumed to be the inspiration for "Annabel Lee".
It is unclear on whom the eponymous character Annabel Lee is based. She was the one he loved as a child, the only one who had been his bride, and the only one who had died. Mabbottbelieved that Annabel Lee was merely the product of Poe's gloomy imagination and that Annabel Lee was no real person in particular.
A childhood sweetheart of Poe's named Sarah Elmira Royster believed the poem was written with her in mind  and that Poe himself said so. Her father disapproved of the pairing and the two met privately in a graveyard before the sailor's time stationed in Charleston was up.
While away, he heard of Annabel's death from yellow feverbut her father would not allow him at the funeral. Because he did not know her exact burial location, he instead kept vigil in the cemetery where they had often secretly met.
There is no evidence that Edgar Allan Poe had heard of this legend, but locals insist it was his inspiration, especially considering Poe was briefly stationed in Charleston while in the army in Thompson had it published in the Southern Literary Messenger in November Originally, Nabokov titled the novel The Kingdom by the Sea.
Adaptations[ edit ] The English composer Henry David Leslie set this as a ballad for voice and piano, respelling as "Annabelle Lee". Stevie Nicks recorded a version of this poem on her album In Your Dreams.
Joan Baez recorded a version of this poem on her album Joanwith music by Don Dilworth.Annabel Lee has 6, ratings and reviews.
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read poems by edgar allan poe On January 19, , Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Poe's father and mother, both professional actors, died before the poet was three years old, and John and Frances Allan raised him as a foster child in Richmond, Virginia.
"Annabel Lee" is the last complete poem composed by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Like many of Poe's poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman.
The narrator, who fell in love with Annabel Lee when they were young, has a love for her so strong that even angels are envious. Online shopping from a great selection at Books Store.
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