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Analysis and comments on Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 58 of 128, added on April 15th, 2009 at 7:34 AM.

I had to do and english project on this poem...i liked reading it.It made
my project easier (Lol).Cuz it was about 1 thing

liyah from United States
Comment 57 of 128, added on September 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 AM.

I vividly remember that day in 1969 when I delivered Annabel Lee, the
poem,in my first year high school English class. I was a student then.
Now, I have secured a copy of it for my Englsih class again but this time,
I am already an English professor.

I thank God for writers like Edgar Allan Poe. May we have more writers as
brilliant as him. His style, passion and choices of words surely add
colors and interest in English poetry.

Elisa A. Menor from Philippines
Comment 56 of 128, added on October 1st, 2007 at 6:39 PM.

Sorry - I commented on this poem and thought the lengthy comment was from
Genrthy, but it was actually from Stevan Fallon Dunn.

Cayla from United States
Comment 55 of 128, added on October 1st, 2007 at 6:20 PM.

Thank you for talking about the Virginia-Annabelle Lee-Lenore connection.
When I read "The Raven" in school, I couldn't help but assume Lenore was
based upon Poe's wife/cousin, Virginia Clemms, and likewise, that Annabel
Lee was also based upon Virginia. I was taught in school, both when reading
"Annabel Lee" and "the Raven," that the female characters in both stories
were written with Virginia in mind. I hold true to that statement. I don't
know who wouldn't think Poe would write about Virginia after her death, so
it only makes sense he created female characters based on her; from what I
understand, for the most part such female characters die, as the actual
Virginia did. I don't see how Virginia could be unrelated to Lenore and
Annabel Lee.

Cayla from United States
Comment 54 of 128, added on May 30th, 2007 at 8:22 AM.

I don't know how many times i have read this poem. It is sad but i like it
because it is romantic. Sometimes, it makes me cry. I like the rhythm. It
is a good poem.

Gerthy from United States
Comment 53 of 128, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 12:43 AM.

Cross reference: The Raven; Lenore. your poetry site posted comments.

Evidence promotes Edgar's belief that Heaven makes mistakes...or more so,
Makes Serious Decisions regarding the Love and Loves of the Universe. (One
Verse...Lyric...one Lyric...one Verse of Poetry or Song...Unity gain is
Xero...'One' or 'Uni' is the infinite wisdom of Zero/Unity...The Rings of
Wedding are Unity... two bands shared as One Unity...zero divided by zero
in actuality equals One...The only value that can be divided by zero is
zero....and equals One...Unity. This song remains the same, and is the
Universe. Also, binary zero plus zero can gate to equal one. Uni...;
Verse...the truth of the Verse of the Uni-Verse is what we all seek. But
first we must learn to hum the tune, before we can learn the verse. Gettin'
in tune.).

Biblically, Heaven's will cannot be greater, and us mere mortals are
marionettes (was it Frank Zappa who asked 'do you feel like a puppet?') to
the play and the powers Heaven wields. Moses made a few notes on the
subject, made some complaints to the Almighty Consulate...and received ten
or more answers (more than ten commandments exist, we are given the top
ten, like Dave's Top Ten List).

If you first read my comments on The Raven and Lenore....this may make a
bit more sense.

Lenore is Edgar's Annabel Lee, but the Pseudo-Personna Lenore is an Earthly
Annabel...and Annabel is the Heavenly Personna of Lenore.....and NO,
Virgina Clemm is not Lenore or Annabel. Virgina replaces Lenore in 1831,
about the time Lenore is written. Yes, Poe knew Virgina as a child, but not
when he was a child...at least if we are to take the age differece
literally...and a connection can only be made to Virgina and Edgar both
knowing each other as children if we poetically allow Poe to maintain his
inner-child throughout his adult life...not an impossibility as evidenced
by his work, but other evidence tends to reject this notion, the notion of
binding Virgina and Annabel/Lenore to Edgar's Conundrum. Virgina is a
replacement for Lenore, The one deemed by higher authority, Edgar should
wed. A young Lady for Edgar. "The sweet Lenore hath "gone before" (Edgar)
with Hope, that flew beside, (the hope of Edgar's return to her soul
Sepulchre, a hope that flew beside) Leaving thee wild for the dear child
(Virgina) that should have been thy bride. ( a dualality, a poetic
enharmonic enigma...Lenore should have been his bride, yet Ancient
authority deemed the dear child Virgina be his choosen. Adamant thought
leaning toward an unrelentless Love between Poe and Virgina, is dashed when
knowledge of Poe's engagement, (post death of Virgina) to Mrs. Shelton, a
friend of Poe's youth, enters the puzzle. Is Mrs. Shelton an awkward clue
to this enigma?)

Poe inherently knew...vague, mysterious continuing theme remains
interesting. Do not give any direct answers, provide puzzling information,
develop controversy...and the audience must rely on ingenuity and
conjecture, arguement, and associated schools of thought, in order to piece
together a Uni (one) Versal (Verse) Theme. Poe's work is one (Uni)
continuing work. He may have picked this up from Biblical Foundation. The
Torah and The New Testament, as evidenced, leads to Conjecture, Arguement,
and Associated Schools of Thought...and human ingenuity (and curiosity)
seeks to answer the Heavenly Conundrum, presented over a period lasting at
least 5000 years. Yet, we all know the answer is right in front of our
noses. And that is why we can't see it...because we can't see our noses
clearly, except in reflection.

Okeedokee. If we are to imagine the space-time-contiuum as the waters of
space and time, and Heaven as the Kingdom by the Sea,,,,(The Kingdom by the
Waters of the Continuum). And that 'This Sir', is quite beyond the normal
being, either in the 1800's, or even today. Perhaps Poe was born into this
world with a Damnnation...more so, both he and his Annabel Lee. Imagine
Edgar and Annabel as young Heavenly Cherubs, in the Kingdom by the Seas of
Heaven. They were young angels, Cherubs, and they were of one mind and one
soul. ...But the Love was more than Love, more than the Love Heaven deemed
as the Love to have and to hold. The wing Seraphs (Seraphim) are the more
aged angels of Heaven (if age is such a real thing in Heaven) not, not
necessarily the more loving. Covet: desire enviously...the Seraphs are
envious of the inseparable 'thought of love' Annabel has for Edgar's
Heavenly counterpart. You are not allowed to love one more than another in
Heaven, It is Uni-Verse...One song, One Poem, One Love.......and to Love
one above all others, leads to punishment...being damned to the Earthly
World. Annabel was Chilled of Heavenly Life,(She of the Lee, could only be
Chilled by Wind from a cloud at night) and her High-Born kinsmen....The
Seraphim and Archangels, bore her soul from Heavenly Realm, and shut her
soul up in a Sepulchre by the Sea of Space and Time, the edge of Heaven.
Annabel was punished to Earth, and her soul remained in the tomb, her tomb
by the sea. Edgar remained for a time, on the Beach...by the Sepulchre
(Protecting the Soul of Annabel Lee), and the Angels of Heaven continued
the envy....but Edgar's Heavenly personna was not cast out, because It was
Annabel who broke the Heavenly Law...Love no one more than
another....equality, Unity, One Love. Uni. ...Again.

The Older, Wiser, Angels...could not, could not control or wield power over
the Love remaining, 'stronger by far than the love of those who were older
than we'.......Edgar recipricated this 'above the law' Love to Annabel's
Soul, as she Lay intombed in Sepulchral Heavenly Sentence. ...Edgar's
Heavenly personna received his calling to earth, received the damnnation he
so sorely desired...a damning that was the only way possible to search and
find his only Love, Annabel Lee; now an earthly being.
[As it is a reciprocity, the farther into the future you leave Heaven,
designates the further back in time you arrive Earth bound. So Edgar
arrives earthly/older than Annabel.(That explains why the Ancients are so
much more in tune with the Univesal Law, and Heaven...they were from much
further into the future...hence they arrived much further back in Earth
history. The mightiest of the Mighty....is known as the Ancient of Days.
This because this being is from so far into the future; 'This Essential' is
The Most Ancient of Days)],,,,....The continuum is hard to explain. The
edge of our known Universe, is less than the total universal concept, and
lies greater than 42 billon light years distant, into the future of Earth's
present time. It is from beyond this realm of Future Time that The Ancient
of Days rules this Universe. What happens Earth Present, existed to the
edge of the Universal Foundation, More than 42 Billion Years ago....this
because the Edge Life of the Universe is Omni-Present. The Universl
Foundation already experienced 'This Time' 42 billion years ago, so our
present is history to the ancient realm, so The Ancient of Days is
omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent because of historical total recall
of all things within the realm of Space-Time, and gets to call the shots.
That Omni-Present Future/and Earth Present Time is right now for The
Almighty Consulate, yet Their present, we will not experience for beyond 42
billon light years....a time that exists a few moments before oblivion.
Maybe. Perhaps the Universe is beyond infinity, or ........well, back to
Edgar and Annabel.

Edgar maintained his Earthly Consciousness of Annabel, by Grace. Lenore,
for earthbound Edgar, was His Annabel of the Lee, of the Heavenly Realm.
Whether Lenore and He parted ways through death or just through Poetic
death, is a mystery (most likely truely through death, as evidenced by the
Poem, the 'note'). Tend to think her real earthly existence was as a
secreted Woman, to be protected from public knowledge, protected from the
damnations of Heaven....yet, taken away from him, again, in this worldly
life. 'The Raven' brings Poe to grips with the loss of Lenore, something He
carried through the Marriage with Virgina Clemm...and if Lenore be His
Annabel of Heaven, she will visit him 'Nevermore,' and he will need to face
the demon of his soul 'Nevermore'. Where his soul lies, he dreams, as if he
is by Annabel's Sepulchre....yet, we can tell that the Uni-Theme of Poe's
writing....Delivers....Poe's soul is below the Seas of the Kingdom by the
Sea of Time, below the Realm of Heaven. His soul is not Laying by His
Annabel's tomb, but in his mental Earthly Dream, (he tells us with the poem
'Annabel Lee,' before his life of damnnation, as a resident of our world,
ends), He has been with her for all time, because "...neither the the
angels in Heaven above, Nor the Demons down under the sea (of Heaven), Can
ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:--
For the moon (as he lives on this earth) never beams without bringing me
dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And so, All the Night tide (as his
Soul arrives back to The Kingdom by the Sea, arrives back from the below
depths of the Realm of Heaven, arrives with the tide, as he washes up on
the beach of Heaven, a survivor of the damnation of his earthly punishment,
torrment, and his souls damnation below the waters of the Heavenly realm),
I lie down by the side Of my darling, my darling, MY LIFE and MY Bride, In
her sepulchre by the sea--In (the tomb of her soul) her tomb by the side of
the sea."

...and there he waited, until the soul of Annabel of the Lee was freed by
the Almighy of Days...because The Love of The Celebrated Poe, was greater
than the Love of The Saraphim, surviving damnation, and can never disever
be taken from Poe's Poetic Poetry, because his only goal of this Earth was
not Monetary, But the Love of Annabel Lee. ...and as we all know, it is
harder for a rich man to enter Heaven, Then a poor poet to be given his
eternal Love.

So is Lenore Poe's Annabel? He thought so, but thought 'Nevermore.' He did
discover who she is, and acknowledged this to her by writing, perhaps, the
eternal poem, 'Annabel Lee.' Whether she be Lenore, Virgina, or another of
this Life....we probably will not know. "...-lest her soul, amid its
hallowed mirth, Should catch the note as it doth float up from the damned
earth." ...and arrive before his note, 'Annabel Lee.'

Left my Heart in Memphis, Left my Heart in Pain. She didn't me leave no
address, She didn't leave me no last name. Wish I were in Memphis, whenever
I'm in a mellow kind of rain.

It is a New World, and we can do anything we want...as long as we don't
taunt the continuity
...and in this New World, we drink Sheridan's ...and toast the Living.

Life is an opportunity.

Stevan Fallon Dunn from United States
Comment 52 of 128, added on May 7th, 2007 at 1:11 AM.

I just learnt this poem last week and now i gotta write an essay on it. i
sooooooo love it! its all about love,how romantic. one great thing i simply
adore about it is the rhythm. theres a rhythm and rhyme that goes on
flowing...doesnt it sound like the waves where the kingdom by the sea is?

Elise from United States
Comment 51 of 128, added on April 24th, 2007 at 11:05 AM.

this peom is a loving peom this is one of the peom that i love from edgar
allan peo

lydia from United States
Comment 50 of 128, added on April 18th, 2007 at 11:40 AM.

My dad used to recite this poem from memory when I was little I am in my
fifties now and my dad is 79 and still remembers this poem word for word.
Chilling as it may be, I love this poem and had it framed for him last year
for fathers day.

Bridget from United States
Comment 49 of 128, added on April 27th, 2006 at 8:35 PM.

the first time i read this poem i fell in love with it. it talks about a
mans love for a women but she is killed by taberculosis

GABi from United States

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Annabel Lee
Year: 1849
Added: Feb 4 2004
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