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Annabel Lee Analysis

Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 15372

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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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Annabell lee is Virginia clem being Poe 's 13year old cousin. Faced with sorrow his whole life poe is once again stricken with tragedy by the loss of his annabell lee

| Posted on 2014-10-16 | by a guest

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I hate how everyone is saying this is about Necrophilia, Just because Poe is a dark writer.
Poe was a dark writer because of many tragic things in his life.
In this Poem he talks about an honest love (Coming up from childhood possibly). But Nature itself tries to tear the love apart, he refers to the angels and their Jealousy (although it was most likely a sickness like Tuberculosis, which was common back then). Although they are separated by death, the narrator still loves her. He is IN love with her. This girl is the mon and the stars, the sun and the earth to him. His love was an honest and true love.
It then says he lays in her tomb. This is wear the dark side comes in more drastically. The Narrator is so in love, and so sad away from her, that he goes into the tomb, and lays with his dead love. Thus, one can infer he laid there to die with her.
Several other of Poe's works, Like "For Annie" and "Deep in the Earth" are stories about the narrator and death, as well as a broken heart and suicide. Poe was a broken hearted man, so it would make sense for him to write Poems about dying by suicide of a broken heart.
This isn't about Necrophilia, It doesn't say that he did anything like kiss or make love to her, or sleep with her. it says he lied down next to her, like lying in his own grave.

| Posted on 2014-03-04 | by a guest

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wow this poem is like a love story for many years i`ve been studying poems and this is the best so far . i hope whoever wrote this got a good mark in poetry good on u . by jasmine hamdan a guest

| Posted on 2013-06-05 | by a guest

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Love is powerful. Love is perpetual, and yet some types of love are elusive and known only to few, \'age\' not withstanding, although I would not always call them the lucky ones, such as this, which begs, twas it better to have love and lost, then never have loved [her] at all? Maybe perhaps, for those that believe in a \'beyond\', this life is only a drop in time for us to learn and move to the next where we will find eachother again and this life will have been as a subbing of the toe.
Words cannot describe or express nearly enough by far, in this poem, I believe he found his soul mate, and did loose her, and in greatly a part, he lost himself and his future here, in a sense robbed of the joy of living life in most of itself, let alone with the one who makes you whole with laughter and joy. I also believe that in his last stanzas speaking of going to her tomb and lying with her, that it is not physically, but involuntary memories of her in his presence of memories or dreams.

| Posted on 2013-03-15 | by a guest

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i think he killed her because he didnt want anyone but himself to have her. he is a peasant, she belongs to a royal class...so he feared that another lover will come and take over...and thus causes the speaker to kill his love. Moreover, he blames it on the seraphs(angels) because he is dening that he killed her...he repeates it several times that they chilled and killed her.

| Posted on 2013-03-03 | by a guest

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The reason how Annabel died was from tubercluosis,since the cold air made her get it,and she died,like all the women in Poe\'s life.

| Posted on 2013-02-14 | by a guest

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Obviously it means he loved her very much and then her husband found out and he killed her and he still loves her so much he visits her tomb and thinks about her

| Posted on 2013-01-11 | by a guest

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Edgar Allan Poe describes to us that Annabel Lee was killed by the angels because they were jealous of their love. He speaks that their love was more than love, like even after her death. He will always love her. My teacher says that literature is all about how you interpret it.

| Posted on 2012-12-08 | by a guest

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we discussed this with our teacher and she said that it does not tell how anabelle lee dies it is jsut about how she loves her

| Posted on 2012-05-02 | by a guest

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when we discussed this poem in the lesson. I was very suprised. we analyzed the poem with our literarture teacher. n the end , we reached this : this poem is related about romantizm idea and neoclassiscism. we can say f we believe one thing blindly , you can not progress yourself. I hope I could explain...

| Posted on 2012-03-24 | by a guest

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No one really knows the exact story or message of the poem. The point is that he loves her, she dies, and he still loves her

| Posted on 2012-03-14 | by a guest

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i am just reading and researching about Poe. But when i came across to this poem, i was thinking, \"Hey I\'m starting to really get into this stuff!\". only when i read the comment\'s you posted i realized you were all wrong(part from a few). This poem might or might not have been about his wife, who cares! it might or might not have been about necrophilia, who cares! what you need to care about is the purpose of the poem to express the feeling\'s he had for this \'person\'. i hope that maybe one of you agree with me, or this peice of writing would of been a complete waste of my precious time.
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| Posted on 2012-02-19 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2012-01-30 | by a guest

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hii my name is skyler im 12 i got to school in texas nd we were reading in class about edagar allen poe and i lovedd thiss poemm one of the best ever and i just wanted to know the storyy behind it it had me wondering this whole time so can you help me

| Posted on 2012-01-10 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest

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Annagram says it all. (first letters)

| Posted on 2011-07-30 | by a guest

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From what I can see, this poem appears to be about the narrator’s first love, who may or may not be Virginia – just from the poem, there is no way to determine the identity of either the speaker or Annabel Lee. In Poe’s time, they did not actually marry off children too commonly; in fact, research indicates that the average marriage was at twenty years at least. Therefore, the reference to “children” most likely is referring to their innocence and naïveté. To me, the “high-born kinsman” would be a male relative, her father most likely – though there is an off chance that he means God; however I find that doubtful. He blames heaven and the angels, being driven slightly mad by his love’s death, which does sound like tuberculosis. Also, it seems to me that the narrator has been sleeping next to her tomb every night, or very often at least, and it sounds as though he dies at the end – as in, he climbs into the tomb(or digs a hole next to it) and settles in to die next to his love. I don’t think it’s about necrophilia, but that’s my opinion.
This has nothing to do with anything, but most of the people who have posted here really ought to brush up on their basic grammar and spelling. Really, if you’re educated enough to have an intelligent discussion about Poe and the themes in his poems, some grammatically correct writing will really help.

| Posted on 2011-06-13 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest

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I stumbled acroos Allan Edgar Poe while doing research on him for my poem analysis. Soon did I discover that he was filled with such sorrow, but it came across as beautiful. Annabel Lee and The Raven was not only a simple poem with such words, Poe was obsessed with dark, twisted worlds. He was diagnosed with necrophilia; something I can relate with him. I’m no murder, and I’m not obsessed about sex with the dead either. I’m obsessed with writing about death. I feel like I can relate to him in a way; I myself who has created stories and poems are always about love. The perfect love. Eternal love. But one person always just had to die. Does this make me bad? Does this make me evil, or come across as mentally disturbed? I find death quite amusing. I find it beautiful. I’m not a cerial killer. And, I repeat, I’m not attracted to having sexual intercourse with someone whose dead. I just like death. Help?

| Posted on 2011-05-09 | by a guest

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The story of the soldier and the funeral come from an old legend in Charleston where Poe was briefly stationed when he was in the Army. The legend could explain the whole poem, but it\'s still undecided whether Poe got his inspiration from there or not. The strongest case for who Annabel Lee is for Virginia his child bride and the only woman that had died. The line \"I was a child and she was a child\" could be that Virginia was only 13 when they got married and even though he was in his late 20\'s could still be considered a child. And though he was involved with other women that claimed the poem was about them the line that suggests even more \"...my darling--my darling--my life and my bride.\" Virginia was his only wife and the only one that had died before he wrote the poem.

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest

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It is about a guy who buys a dog and a bird, and then he takes a MASSIVE dump on both of them.Then he rolls up piss and smokes it, while wathcing soap operas about multiple siamese three-legged hippos. He then kills himself with a twinkie full of stones. They buried him in his mother\'s stepuncles cousins bosses daughters tax collerctors sons backyard.

| Posted on 2011-03-20 | by a guest

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In Annabel Lee, Poe uses a form quite like a ballad form, with repetitions of words and phrases to emphasise the poem’s depressing effect. There is a supernatural theme to this poem and an air of not everything being what it seems, as Poe accuses angels, symbols of holiness, of taking away his love, Annabel Lee. The semi-ballad form used helps this idea further, as songs and tales of old with mythical aspects to them were usually written in ballad form. However, it is not a true ballad, and this adds to the sense that the narrator is not of sound mind and that what he believes is not truly what happened.
The poem is written in a first person narrative. This gives us access to the narrator’s private musings and thoughts and in doing so, makes it more intimate. Because we can see it from the point of view of the narrator it is easy to empathise with him. The first person voice is often more engaging as well, making it more interesting for the reader to experience what is going on in the narrator’s mind.
Poe describes the feelings of a man who fell deeply in love with a maiden when he was young, but she died an early death. The narrator describes himself and his lover as children. Children, traditionally symbolise naivety, but most importantly, innocence and purity. Their love is ignorant of troubles such as death, and social bonds. The emotional turmoil of Annabel Lee’s death tears him and the narrator rationalises her death by explaining, “as all men know”, he found so pure a love that it was purer than that of angels. This further enforces the purity of their love for each other as holy beings became envious of them. He is convinced that angels became jealous of their pure love and took her life away from him; he does this as he has no other way of explaining such a tragedy. After her death he cannot find any other way of explaining why “the wind came out of the cloud by night” to kill his Annabel Lee; this may be a reference to his wife dying from tuberculosis. Yet their love was “stronger by far” than any other’s and it lived on past death for neither angels nor demons can “ever dissever” the two lovers from each other. This is shown in a physical sense in the last quatrain as the narrator lies beside his dead love in her tomb.

| Posted on 2011-03-12 | by a guest

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Annabel Lee was written after Virginia\'s (Poe\'s wife\'s) death, and the Raven.
And I don\'t see necrophilia anywhere. Sure he says he lies by her side in her tomb, but I think he really means he lies on top of her grave or sits beside it.

| Posted on 2011-03-08 | by a guest

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well, I read one of the comments that someone posted about how the guy in the poem had necrophilia and I can see where they get that. but how can you all be SO sure that this was about Virginia? I mean he always had a way of writing poems that were horrific and beautiful at the same time, so you can\'t all be so sure that this has anything to do with Virginia, although it could. I was reading all your comments trying to figure out what happened to the dude at the end because my favorite band made an album called The Emptiness based on this story and I wanted to know what happened to they guy because in the album analysis it said that you have to read the story to know the conclusion. so I read Annabel Lee in my Edgar Allan Poe book and Im just guessing that he just died by her tomb by the sea or something like that. Plus, I have no idea where you guys get the part where the guy in the poem is a soldier... Not to mention that Im no good at analyzing poems written back in the day because of the way they talked and especially because of the way that there is a lot of hidden meaning in this poem that Im trying to figure out for the sake of wanting to know what happened to the guy in The Emptiness

| Posted on 2011-03-06 | by a guest

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The way this poem is written is to make you think about life and death. Evaluate your true feelings about love and how it pertains to the life around you. Poe was surrounded by death in his early life, and it is reflected in all his poetry. He loved to fascinate about death and how it played with everyone no matter there who they are. Annabel Lee could be anything but more then likely she is a metaphor for Virginia. She meant the world to the disturbed man that was Edgar Allen Poe. It only makes since that she was taken from him by something so little like the cool wind. There love was so strong that nothing could break the tie they shared. A unmovable object to the world, only makes since that the \"angels\" that envied them would send a unstoppable force, like TB. Even in death though they could not separate the star struck lovers from each other. Annabel Lee lived on through everything around the writer. As Virginia did with Poe she never truly left him. She lived on through his writing. So now everyone knows what he was feeling. His deep love for Virginia followed him to his dieing breath.

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest

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im in 6th grade annabel lee is a good poem but it shows love annabel lee is like a person who dies at a young age and he loved her the poet was written in 1849 annabel lee is a real person in fact a real llady

| Posted on 2011-02-14 | by a guest

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1. Look at the last stanza, its about her dying and our man sleeping in her tomb. its not some simple heartbreak story, its Poe\'s dark and messed up writing!
2. The speaker did not kill her. it says \"the angels blew a cold wind\", and if were still talking about virginia its a reference to her dying of tuberculosis.
3. This is not some happy love story where our speaker merely finds he still loves her after she is dead. He loves her more after after she is dead, you could almost say he worships her (once again Poe\'s little things to make you realize he is still in a very dark place lol)
4. I have no idea where some people got the whole soldier and a funeral thing.

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest

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I haven\'t written an analysis of a poem in a long time, but I\'ll give it a quick shot.
The poet opens the second stanza by describing himself and his lover as children. This shouldn\'t be taken literally. Children,traditionally symbolise naivety, but most importantly,innocence and purity. This is exactly the love that the two of them share, their love is ignorant of troubles such as death, and social bonds. The concept of the loves purity and innocence is further enforced by the fact that even angels (holy beings) grew envious of the love they shared.
The poem has a truly interesting rhyming scheme, the rise and fall of the lines tie in nicely with the imagery of the ocean. Ebbing and flowing.
The ethereal quality of the poem is as a result of the use of fantastical and supernatural themes. In this world, angels, dictate what happens. This dream-like feeling is even expressed in the way the poet describes the death of Anabel Lee. A chilled wind from heaven is the cause of her death. Her death by such a gentle agent further goes to express the fragility of his lover, which is contrasted to the strength of the love that their souls share.
The closing stanza reveals this concept in it\'s entirety. By constantly reflecting Anabel Lee to nature, and the world around the poet. he connects the two. These eternal things such as the ocean, and the stars, all become a reflection of Anabel Lee. Thus the poets love for the girl hasn\'t diminished, to him, she in fact still lives in the beauty of the world around him.
that\'s my two cents!
Lovely poem :)

| Posted on 2010-11-25 | by a guest

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I think it is about the love between Virgina and Edgar Aleen Poe and how death was unable to separate it. I do not understand how people got a love between a soldier and his Annabel Lee when there is no mention of soldiers or funeral. there is only mention of great love and death between two people and i think he mean his wife Virgina because she was a child. She was many years younger than him and there are even accounts of them playing things such as leapfrog together.

| Posted on 2010-11-21 | by a guest

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I think it is about the love between Virgina and Edgar Aleen Poe and how death was unable to separate it. I do not understand how people got a love between a soldier and his Annabel Lee when there is no mention of soldiers or funeral. there is only mention of great love and death between two people and i think he mean his wife Virgina because she was a child. She was many years younger than him and there are even accounts of them playing things such as leapfrog together.

| Posted on 2010-11-21 | by a guest

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I think it is about the love between Virgina and Edgar Aleen Poe and how death was unable to separate it. I do not understand how people got a love between a soldier and his Annabel Lee when there is no mention of soldiers or funeral. there is only mention of great love and death between two people and i think he mean his wife Virgina because she was a child. She was many years younger than him and there are even accounts of them playing things such as leapfrog together.

| Posted on 2010-11-21 | by a guest

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Everybody here seems to think it\'s about forever lasting love. Edgar Allan Poe is known for his creepy stories. Read between the lines, this is a story about necrophilia.

| Posted on 2010-11-13 | by a guest

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i like this poem its related to what happening now in my life...

| Posted on 2010-10-25 | by a guest

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to me it was about love but also about how this love was not lost in the darkness of death. Annabel, in the poem, was the love of his life and to me his love for her never changes because its funny how you can love someone so much, and still feel relieved when they’re gone, because you know you’ll see them again but its even funnier when you love that person even more when they are dead. But the truest love is the one that is not changed by death, nor by rumors that aren’t true, or fights, or negative habits they have...you don’t love the person more because they died but because you just can’t love them anymore than they do

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest

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It is clear that Annabel Lee dies in this poem. But does she drown? In some lines it seems that she does, but in others it seems she dies some other way.

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest

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Totally agree with the story of virginia. Actually is the version of the poem most accepted. By it\'s symbolisms for sure it was virginia=annabel lee. So for the ones who think that arguing \'bout a poem is for losers, then why are you reading this? shouldn\'t you be doing something more interesting than this? well according to you...

| Posted on 2010-09-30 | by a guest

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Totally agree with the story of virginia. Actually is the version of the poem most accepted. By it\'s symbolisms for sure it was virginia=annabel lee. So for the ones who think that arguing \'bout a poem is for losers, then why are you reading this? shouldn\'t you be doing something more interesting than this? well according to you...

| Posted on 2010-09-30 | by a guest

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hahhah you are very funny!!! thanks though!!!
I love Edgar Allan Poe\'s writings albeit some of them drive me crazy!!

| Posted on 2010-09-24 | by a guest

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The speaker loves Annabel Lee but sadly she dies. The speaker is still in love with hr though.

| Posted on 2010-09-21 | by a guest

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Analysis\' are based off of point of views, and everyone has them, so don\'t criticize someone else\'s point of view. MY analysis is just the same as a previous poster put, the story of the soldier, secretly seeing his lover Annabel Lee by the sea, until one day she died, and he was forbidden from going to the funeral, so he would go back to the sea-side where they would always meet, and lay with her, in spirit.

| Posted on 2010-09-08 | by a guest

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