Saturday, October 01, 2005

Annabel Lee By Edgar Allen 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 Anabel 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 then the love
Of those who were older then we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the deamons 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 beautifl Annabel Lee;
And so, all night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

This is one of my favorite poems because I think that it effectively causes the reader to feel the authors stong emotions and pain regarding the death of his love, and I think that the techniques that he uses in writing the poem are brilliant. There is an intersesting irony in Poe's depiction of angels that I believe was influencd by his real life experiences. I think that Poe's lack of faith might have began with the loss of many family memeber and then later his young wife to the disease Tuberculosis, and his loss of faith I think has caused him to depict "the winged seraohs" as "envying" and "coveting." The result of the angels emotion was a wind that went "Chilling and killings" Annabel Lee. I think that it is ironic that the angels commit one of the seven deadly sins by enving the young lovers love. The effect of the poem is also influenced by the careful positioning of rhymes, phrases, and repitition of certain words.


Blogger Niel said...

I really enjoyed reading this poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The poem flowed extremely well, and I think hearing the poem read well would be a good experience. Like the post above says, the emotions are portrayed very strongly. Even though the girl was killed, it was uplifting to read that the love would never be lost, because their souls were so closely intertwined.

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