March 11, 2011

*~Poetry To Live By~*

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." -Robert Frost

I have always been huge fan of poetry, ever since high school. Poetry is so beautiful and to me will never go out of style. And since authors now are mentioning poems in their books, I thought it might be fun to introduce this new meme to the blog. Every week, either myself or one of the other girls will post a poem of our choice. We will tell you why we picked it, and what it means to us. Also feel free to leave a comment telling us your own feelings about the poem, and if you want to recommend one to us as well.

The very first poem is 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allen Poe. I chose it because it is my all time favorite poem. Poe wrote a lot of dark material, but this poem is different. He wrote it for his wife, whom he loved deeply but tragically died young. His emotions are clearly laid out in his words, and his feelings for her speak volumes. I love this poem because when I read it I can picture the whole scene in my head. A beautiful girl, in a castle by the sea...Its almost like a fairy tale, but with a sad ending.

Annabel Lee

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 high-born kinsmen 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 one 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.

~Edgar Allan Poe


  1. Oh I love this one! And Poe in general. :D

  2. I love all of Edgar Allen Poe's work, but, this poem and "The Raven", reign supreme. "The Raven" for its eerie and creepy nuances that chill you to the bone - and this, for its beautiful and rhythmic devotion to romance.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Lisa! :)

  3. I also love Poe, and "Annabel Lee" is just a beautiful poem. Like Enamored Soul, above, I love The Raven too. I also really like "Mirrors" by Sylvia Plath and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot. Some of my favorites!


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