“Annabel Lee” is perhaps the last poem Edgar Allan Poe completed in his lifetime. Written in 1849 and published after his death, the poem is a gloomy lyric that revisits one of Poe’s favorite subjects: the untimely death of a beautiful young woman. Perhaps none of Poe’s other work, other than “The Raven,” has inspired such a variety of adaptations. “Annabel Lee” has been translated into many languages, set to music by various artists, and used as the basis for numerous television shows, films, and even video games.


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