Talk:The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe/Volume 2/Annabel Lee

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Information about this edition
Edition: "Annabel Lee", manuscript, 1849.
Source: "Annabel Lee", The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, 1850, vol. 2, pp. 27–28 from the E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore
Contributor(s): PaulinSaudi, Quoth
Level of progress: Proofread and corrected
Notes:
Proofreaders: E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore

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The rare book and manuscript library of Columbia University has a copy of Annabel Lee written by Poe's hand on the web here:

http://www.columbia.edu/acis/textarchive/rare/76.html

This lists the last line as "In her tomb by the side of the sea", instead of the more usually-seen "In her tomb by the sounding sea". Might this alternative wording be worth mentioning on the main document? --cfmdobbie


The correct line is "I was a child and she was a child", not "She was a child, and I was a child."

I myself believe both lines are correct -- Poe's manuscript and the first printed version differ in various minor ways. unsigned comment by 144.136.115.144 (talk) .
That's quite true— while the most common version circulated was indeed "I was a child ...", there is at least one manuscript where he had it reversed. – Quoth 09:30, 14 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What is the KINGDOM BY THE SEA he is always refering to. unsigned comment by 76.113.43.169 (talk) 10:44, 24 October 2008.

The critical analsysis I have quickly looked mostly either leaves it indefinite, or suggest Boston. John Vandenberg (chat) 01:42, 24 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The ending is supposed to be In her tomb by the side of the sea not by the sounding sea

Yes, you are correct... in some versions the final line is "side of the sea" not "by the sounding sea". --Midnightdreary (talk) 20:35, 18 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Minor correction: "The moon never beams without bringing me dream..." is incorrect "dream" should be "dreams". WGH--76.173.238.153 15:21, 7 June 2013 (UTC)http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Annabel_Lee_fair_copy_Poe_1849.jpgReply[reply]