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Art Show: 3 Poets: Dickinson, Poe, & cummings

Annabel Lee

by Martin Catterton

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Art: Annabel Lee by Artist Martin Catterton
ANNABEL LEE by EDGAR ALLEN POE 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. "Annabel Lee", to me, is a very haunting poem of loss and love. Some have speculated that E.A. Poe wrote the poem about his beloved wife, Virginia, who died two years prior. The poem was published by the New York Daily Tribune, in October of 1849, two days after Poe's death. "Annabel Lee" is done in acrylic monocrome, blue, and a hint of red, on stretched canvas. I chose blue to be the more dominate color in the painting to represent the overwhelming feeling of lonliness. The image of Annabel holds an arm of roses, invoking the long lost memory of love, set before the moonlit cold sea.

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A DETAILED CLOSE UP OF THE CANVAS

Detail Image for art Annabel Lee

Detail Image for art Annabel Lee

The poem "ANNABEL LEE" hand written by EDGAR ALLEN POE himself

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