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Scansion of “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

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1 It was many and many a year ago,

2 In a kingdom by the sea,

3 That a maiden there lived whom you may know

4 By the name of Annabel Lee;

5 And this maiden she lived with no other thought

6 Than to love and be loved by me.

7 I was a child and she was a child,

8 In this kingdom by the sea,

9 But we loved with a love that was more than love—

10 I and my Annabel Lee—

11 With a love that the winged seraphs of Heaven

12 Coveted her and me.

13 And this was the reason that, long ago,

14 In this kingdom by the sea,

15 A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

16 My beautiful Annabel Lee;

17 So that her highborn kinsmen came

18 And bore her away from me,

19 To shut her up in a sepulchre

20 In this kingdom by the sea.

21 The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,

22 Went envying her and me:

23 Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,

24 In this kingdom by the sea)

25 That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

26 Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

27 But our love it was stronger by far than the love

28 Of those who were older than we—

29 Of many far wiser than we—

30 And neither the angels in Heaven above,

31 Nor the demons down under the sea,

32 Can ever dis-sev-er my soul from the soul

33 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:

34 For the moon nev-er beams, without bringing me dreams

35 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

36 And the stars nev-er rise, but I feel the bright eyes

37 Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:

38 And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

39 Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,

40 In her sepulchre there by the sea—

41 In her tomb by the sounding sea.

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