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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;
ith 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
!y beautiful Annabel Lee;
"o that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her u# in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so ha##y in heaven,
ent envying her and me-
$es%- that was the reason &as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea'
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
(hilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
)f those who were older than we-
)f many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
*or the demons down under the sea,
(an ever dissever my soul from the soul
)f the beautiful Annabel Lee.
+or the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
)f the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
)f the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
)f my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the se#ulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.
NAME ________________________________________________PER!" ___
Annabel Lee
by ,dgar Allan -oe
"ue# $riday% March &'% &(')
Love so strong that it endured beyond the grave was an ideal to#ic for #oetry according to
,dgar Allan -oe. .e wrote this beautiful lyric #oem in /012. *otice how the #oet conveys his
dee# feelings for Annabel Lee while telling you of her death. *otice also the lyric 3uality of the
#oem4how it might easily be set to music.
-oe wrote on an imaginative and literal level. In this #oem, scholars believe that he used
the unfortunate, #remature death of his wife and translated this real-life e5#erience into a
creative #oem. In reality, -oe6s wife, 7irginia, had died from a four year battle with
tuberculosis, finally succumbing after catching a cold due to drafts from insufficient fuel.
*+,"-N. +/E PA**A.E#
/. +ind the main idea8 (hoose one.
a. .ow Annabel Lee died.
b. .ow love brings heartache.
c. .ow the #oet came to love Annabel Lee.
d. Annabel6s and the #oet6s love for each other. 99999
:. +ind the facts8 !ark each one true &;' or false &)'.
a. The #oet fell in love with Annabel long before he wrote the #oem. 99999
b. The #oet and Annabel lived on an island. 99999
c. )nly demons could dissever the souls of the lovers. 99999
d. Annabel Lee is buried far from the sea. 99999
e. ,ven the angels envied the lovers. 99999
f. The moon reminds the #oet of Annabel6s smiling face. 99999
g. The #oet is always thinking of Annabel Lee. 99999
h. Annabel died by drowning. 99999
<. =o beyond the facts8 hich one of the following could you conclude from the #oem>
a. The #oet means to seek revenge for the death of his love.
b. The #oet hates the sea because it reminds him of his love.
c. The #oet will never love anyone so dee#ly again.
d. The #oet6s love for Annabel is still so intense that she seems real to him 99999
1. ?etermine the writer6s style and techni3ue8 (hoose two answers.
a. The #oet generally analy@es love and its meaning.
b. The #oet describes a #ersonal e5#erience.
c. The #oet gives a vivid descri#tion of Annabel Lee.
d. The #oet communicates #ersonal feelings. 99999 99999
,*N. +/E 0!R"*#
ords and their meanings8 +ind the bold word for these definitions from the #oem.
0. grave, tomb 9999999999999999999999999
A. heavenly beings; angels 9999999999999999999999999
/B. relatives 9999999999999999999999999
//. envied; desired wrongfully 9999999999999999999999999
/:. break; cut; disunite 9999999999999999999999999
/<. nighttime 9999999999999999999999999
0R+N. A1!,+ +#
/1. Reread the poem and notice how effective it is. *otice -oe6s careful choice of words, the
way he #uts the words together, how he uses rhyme, and how his use of repetition gives rhythm
as well as an almost magical 3uality to the #oem.
!n a separate piece o2 paper, write a /B-line #oem about someone or something that is s#ecial
to you. (o#y some of -oe6s methods, and see how well you can convey your feelings. Attach
your #oem to this worksheet.