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What did Annabel Lee ment to him? Like, what is the tru meaning of it.

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2001


I think that is a difficult question to answer. There are scholars who believe they know, but I am guessing only Poe would truly know. What do you make of it? I think that is the most important.

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2001

I think Annabel Lee was like the love of his life. The reason I think that is when she died he blamed it on the angels and the wind.

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2001

I think its deeper than that of which you not looking at and that is how much love he had and how he was saying it but also that Annabel lee was not his only love but something more. But true the only one that can answer that is Poe himself.

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2001

Actually, Annabel Lee was his wife. Poe always like words that sounded pretty, like ringing bells or chimes. His wife's name Virginia Clump didn't,to his likings,sound bell like. In every poem, the names are different, but the woman is the same. Annabel Lee is an alias of Virginia, so is Lenore and many more. Annabel Lee is about the child in Poe and his young wife. Very nice poem..

-- Anonymous, April 26, 2001

I think it should be interpreted how you feel. It could always be a hypothetical poem like he's writing as someone else. I love this poem and the word that really strike me are 'killing and chilling my Annabel Lee' I don't know why I like that line but I do. I think that only Poe knows the true answer and we should not try to interpret him.

-- Anonymous, July 03, 2001

The wind is the consumption; Which virgina died of

-- Anonymous, September 10, 2001

My answer is that the poem was about his love Virginia Cleme because it talks about how they were children and in love and all he new Virginia from little on up but the poem ment that he will never forget his true love and he will always remember his true love but that is my guess the only person that really knows is Edgar Allen Poe himself and maybe family/friends if he told them.

-- Anonymous, October 30, 2001

I belive that Poe was tring to express whats deep down inside of every one of us. He express the emotions we only wish we could put into words. Poe creates question into our mind so that were to create our own meaning of the poems.

-- Anonymous, January 13, 2002

I think it is ridiculous to automatically say that Annabel Lee was about his deceased wife/cousin. There is no way to know that. Not all poets are influenced by their own life, many just have an idea that is completely fictional and not derived from any point in their life. Just because a few critics have said that it might be about his dead wife does not mean that that is really what Poe was writing about. For all we know, he just had some weird idea pop into his head. I did a research paper, analyzing six of Poe's poems, including Annabel Lee, and I found criticism that said the same thing about another one of his poems, even though he actually wrote it while his wife was still alive. Critics can be stupid, so don't believe all they say or write.

-- Anonymous, March 09, 2002

Edgar Allan Poe meant this poem to a girl who's very special to him and that the death of this girl made him a great sad. He was a bereaved and the only heal to his wounded heart is through writing this poem for us to be aware of his feeling in losing his loved one.Poe here was showing his passionate love to the girl that even the winged seraphs in heaven cannot seperate them. He fight for his love not only till death but life after death.

-- Anonymous, October 21, 2002

I dont really have an answer because I cant really understand this except for that he is writiing about a girl. I agree with most of the above answers, they all make sence... atleast most of them.

Anyways i would be most appreciative if someone could send me a sumamry of this poem... line for line if possible, or even a paper or in, it would help me out alot.

Thanks, Christopher T. Rusteen

-- Anonymous, November 18, 2002

I think Annabel Lee is about how he felt when he lost his greatest love and how he thinks we could all relate to it. Or maybe how someone would feel after loosing a love that great.

-- Anonymous, November 24, 2002

it was about virginia

-- Anonymous, December 11, 2002


-- Anonymous, December 19, 2002

hey foolz, its not a bad squiz but i reakon i've read betta if ne1 of u guys wants to help me with a comparative essay hit me back with some info thanx mofos

-- Anonymous, April 05, 2003

I think Poe tried to explain his undying love for Annabel Lee whether it be his cousin/wife or another loved one in his life no one will ever know except Poe. We can only try to interpret it. I think he expresses his feelings of loss and obsession. I believe as poe puts it the angels in heaven went envying them and their love and therefore took her away. This doesn't fully explain why she was taken away so you can basically make it into anything that makes sense.

-- Anonymous, May 13, 2003

I think that Annabel Lee was not really a person but a syble.

-- Anonymous, May 16, 2003

this message is for cassie hunt. Since ur asking for the copy of "ANNABEL LEE", here it is:


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.

-- Anonymous, August 17, 2003

Every person gets something different out of a poem or story...thats the wonderful thing about imagination, and how everyones different. You need to search for the meaning in it, not what he ment by it but what you think he ment! Its all in how you look at it.

-- Anonymous, September 23, 2003

I agree with Ashlee, but from the research that I have done I believe that the poem was about his dead wife, not dying wife. He wrote the essay in response to the despair that he had been feeling since her death. Maybe he contrived the idea when she was about to die, but he still wrote the poem when she was deseased. Now the person who first posted this message is probably not looking for an answer anymore, but if anyone else finds this webpage voice your opinion by sending in a post. For anyone who is looking for a copy of "Annabel Lee" then you can do a Google search online and find a copy of it. If not then go out into the world and look for it at a book store.

-- Anonymous, October 06, 2003

What id Annabel Lee about????????????????

-- Anonymous, October 30, 2003

It's about your momma!

-- Anonymous, November 18, 2003

This poem seems to be about his loss of something very significant.I also believe it is about the loss of his wife. Poe can't get over the tragedy of losing her so he has to blame something, which could be why he blames the jealous angels for taking her away.

-- Anonymous, November 23, 2003

I agree with some of the other people that Annabell Lee is about huis hard ships he had to go through when his wife died.

-- Anonymous, January 26, 2004


-- Anonymous, January 27, 2004

i think that annabel lee is acually his wife, he lvoes her to death and he writes many poems about her just naming her by different names.

-- Anonymous, April 15, 2004

I'm doing some research on this poem for school and I think that this poem isn't about his wife. His wife was 13 years old and also his cousin. He would not be able to put this "I was a child, and she was a child" i think he would leave it out if it was about virginia. I think he was just writing out of romance. and how somebody (The speaker....(not the author the speaker) might not even be Poe himself) just a man in love that has lost somebody that he was very in love with, more then in love with and he says that the angels were jealous "Went envying her and me--" and they took her a way from him. the first time I read it i skimmed through it and i thought the whole poem was out of personification. like he was comparing this whole poem too something. but i guess it will be one of those mysteries. Michelle, 8th grade

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2004

I think its about Virginia Clemm, his 13 yr. old cousin and wife it makes perfect sense.

-- Anonymous, February 02, 2005

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