Sunday, October 22, 2017

Poetry Sunday


Halloween is just over a week away and in keeping with our Halloween theme of cartoons and poetry for the month, here's an eerie classic by Edgar Allan Poe ...

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.


I love this poem, which I believe contains one of the most beautiful sequences ever written:

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


Have a good day, and enjoy the rest of your weekend. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

5 comments:

Duckbutt said...

EAP used a very insistent rhyme in this downbeat poem.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It is a great poem by a master.

Mike said...

True commitment.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Great poem.

roth phallyka said...

EAP used a very insistent rhyme in this downbeat poem.


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