Today is apparently National Poetry Day in the UK, and I sadly didn’t know it until the good sir Robert Lee Brewer tweeted it. In honor, here’s a poem I love, and recently started obsessing over, thanks in large part to Brat Productions’ Haunted Poe tour:

Annabel Lee
Edgard 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 high-born kinsmen 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 one 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.

More on Haunted Poe:

If you’re looking for a good creepy tour, but one that doesn’t involve chainsaws, escaped mental patients, and blood and guts in the costumes, then Haunted Poe is for you. I went last weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the production. The tour is more interactive performance art than haunted house, and it lasts nearly an hour. You’ll get singing, dancing, puppetry, movies and monologues, with well-done sets and costuming.

And the chick who is the main feature in the Annabel Lee scene is freaking hot.

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