Monday, January 12, 2009

Annabel Lee

This is awfully sad..... One of my favorite poems.

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 sepulcher
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 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 sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.


Little Drummer Boy said...

Poe was an incredible writer. He was really dark and some sometimes very distraught, but always moving. Annabel is almost like a raw cry from the heart rather a fine polished piece of poetry - just 'cause of its language and resulting emotion. Good choice of a favorite :-)

Hannah L. said...

Ooh, that poem sends shivers down my spine.

Ruby Jean Hopkins said...

Yes! I agree with you! Thanks, I love those tragic pieces like The Lady of Shalott, or The Wreck of the Hesperus, or The Highwayman. They kind of carry a haunting rhythm that', I can't find my word. :P

Dear Hannah—
Don't you love it?!? :D


Hannah L. said...

Sorry--I haven't checked comments in while. Yes, I do love it!
Have you read The Raven?


Ruby Jean Hopkins said...

Dear Hannah,
Oh, that's fine! Yes, I have read the Raven. It's one of those eerie kind of poems that you want to read during a thunderstorm or something. It's also depressing. I need to get out the Poe book, because it's been awhile since I have read any of his poems—or stories. :P