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Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
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bookshelves: victoriana, teh-brillianz, poetry, fraudio, re-read, boo-scary, gothic, classic
Read in April, 2009, read count: 14 times (guessimation)

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message 1: by Misfit (new)

Misfit boo-scary? You've just reminded me that I bought a complete works of Poe about 20 years ago and it's still untouched (and probably undusted) on the shelf.


Susan do you like parody poems? The Brand X Anthology of Poetry has an hilarious one of this poem (which I adore) called "Cannibal-Lee" -- ends with "in her solemn sepulchre, me" :-) snicker


message 3: by Susan (last edited Apr 23, 2009 12:22PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Susan It's actually called A Poe-'em of Passion

It was many and many a year ago,
On an island near the sea,
That a maiden lived whom you mightn't know
By the name of Cannibalee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than a passionate fondness for me.

I was a child, and she was a chile--
Tho' her tastes were adult Feejee--
But she loved with a love that was more than love,
My yearning Cannibalee;
With a love that could take me roast or fried
Or raw, as the case may be.

And this is the reason that long ago
On that island near the sea,
I had to turn the tables and eat
My ardent Cannibalee--
Not really because I was fond of her,
But to check her fondness for me.

But the stars never rise but I think of the size
Of my hot-potted Cannibalee,
And the moon never stares but it brings me nightmares
Of my spare-rib Cannibalee;
And all the night-tide she is restless inside,
Is my still indigestible dinner-belle bride,
In her pallid tomb, which is Me,
In her solemb sepulchre, Me.

... by C.F. Lummis


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