Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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One of My Favorites by Poe-Annabel Lee

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Annabel Lee

“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 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.”

Painting by Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

21 thoughts on “One of My Favorites by Poe-Annabel Lee

  1. this was grandpa Walton’s favorite poem.

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  2. Beautiful poem to brighten up the afternoon…thanks, Elizabeth!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this poem. It’s wonderful.

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  4. I’ve always loved Poe 🙂

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  5. Love the poem…thanks for sharing… 🙂

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  6. I think I like this poem because it is so radically different from what I normally associate with him, showing there was a tender side to Poe as well. (And he was born in Boston, MA. Just throwing that in since my recent visit there.)

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  7. Thanks, Renee. Poe was a definite romantic. Most would argue the point with me, but that’s how I see him. Do they have a lot of Poe related things in Boston? Always wanted to visit Boston. 🙂

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  8. Sigh, what a passionate write from Poe about how love goes deeply to the soul!

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  9. Even a dim person like me could appreciate that one! 🙂

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