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Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, 1849
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 her sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, 1849.


Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer (1809-1849) who is famous for his horror and detective stories. He wrote fiction and poetry.
Famous works:
The Fall of the House of Usher (1839)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)
The Oval Portrait (1850)
The Raven (1845)
Annabel Lee (1849)
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a) What is the relationship between the narrator and Annabel Lee?

b) How does the narrator feel about the angels?

c) What do you understand about Annabel Lee? Where is she now?

d) How does the narrator explain what happened to Annabel Lee?

e) How does the narrator now feel about Annabel Lee?

f) What tone did Poe want to give to the poem? What does the narrator spend his time doing?

Annabelle Lee
Annabel Lee by Holeček.

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Use the documents that you have studied in this unit.

You wish to write an article for the school’s newspaper about a Samhain festival you went to, and where you heard Poe’s poem recited at the opening ceremony. In your article, explain what the link between this poem and Samhain is.

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