Quote of the day

Quote of the Day – Edgar Allan Poe

On this day in 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died tragically, under mysterious circumstances. Sadly, he wasn’t respected enough during his life, and even after his death attempts have been made to destroy his reputation and legacy, but the amazing work he created has stood the test of time, and now Poe is one of the major literary icons, being a significant influence on all writers of horror and grotesque. Poe is one of my all-time favorite writers, and I love his poetry as much as I love his prose, so I’ve decided to honor this day by remembering the man who died such a horrible death with the most beautiful poem he wrote, in my opinion.

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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 wingèd 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 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 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.

5 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Great tribute. Poe was really lucky in that he did have a wonderful wife for a while. I wrote a poem about that often overlooked fact. And I’m really tired of the idiots who just say “eeeeeeew….he married his teenaged cousin!” Like it’s better for a teenager now to marry some idiot thug and end up as a single parent….”Annabel Lee” wouldn’t exist without Virginia Poe: https://fyodorbukowski.com/2018/11/07/they-say-edgar-allan-poe-had-it-bad/


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