Edgar Allan Poe's famous love poetry is unmatched for its brilliance.

Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, who contributed brilliant famous love poetry is one of the best known poets to come out of America. His father, David was an actor and Poe was educated at the University of Virginia. His career as a poet and author started in 1827. Some of his best known poems include Annabel Lee, The City in the Sea, The Cask of Amontillado and The Raven. Earlier on I included his 'To Helen' as a great example of famous love poetry.

Let us take a closer look at four (4) more examples of his famous love poetry:

Annabel Lee

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 kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre,

In this kingdom by the sea.

The angel, 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.

I dont know about you dear reader, but the famous love poetry line in this poem, 'But we loved with a love that was more than love--' echoes fondly from former times. Poe's famous love poetry is unmatched for its brilliance. Here are two more servings:

A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow-

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet, if Hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it, therefore, the less gone?

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar

Of a surf-tormented shore,

And I hold within my hand

Grains of golden sand-

How few! yet how they creep

Through my fingers to the deep,

While I weep- while I weep!

O God! can I not grasp

Them with a tighter clasp?

O God! can I not save

One from the pitiless wave?

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?


I dwelt alone

In a world of moan

And my soul was a stagnant tide

Till the fair and gentle Eulalie

became my blushing bride-

Till the yellow-haired young Eulalie

became my smiling bride.

Ah, less-- less bright

Are the stars of night

Than the eyes of the radiant girl!

And never a flake

That the vapor can make

With the moon-tints of purple and pearl,

Can vie with the modest Eulalie's

most unregarded curl-

Can compare with the bright-eyed Eulalie's

most humble and careless curl.

Now Doubt-- now Pain

Come never again,

For her soul gives me sigh for sigh

And all day long

Shines, bright and strong,

Astarte within the sky,

While ever to her dear Eulalie

upturns her matron eye-

While ever to her young Eulalie

upturns her violet eye.

My final selection of famous love poetry from Edgar Allan Poe is 'To One in Paradise':

To One In Paradise

Thou wast all to me love,

For which my soul did pine -

A green isle in the sea, love,

A fountain and a shrine,

All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,

And all the flowers were mine.

Ah dream too bright to last!

Ah starry Hope! that didst arise

But to be overcast!

A voice from out of the future cries,

'On! on!' - but o'er the Past

(Dim Gulf!) my spirit hovering lies

Mute, motionless, aghast!

For alas! alas! with me

The light of Life is o'er!

No more - no more -

(Such language holds the solemn sea

To the sands upon the shore)

Shall bloom the thunder - blasted tree,

Or the stricken eagle soar!

And all my days are trances,

And all my nightly dreams

Are where thy grey eye glances,

And where thy footstep gleams -

In what ethereal dances,

By what eternal streams.

Edgar Allan Poe is without doubt one of my favorite poets. I hope you have found some measure of the joy I experienced, in bringing you some of his famous love poetry.

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