Friday, May 9, 2014

Painting of Edgar Allan Poe's, "Annabel Lee"

                         One of my favorite poems is "Annabel Lee"by Edgar Allan Poe. 
After visting his cottage in Bronx, I intuitively  painted "Annabel Lee."
Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage. 
A small wooden farmhouse built about 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island.  It was a bucolic setting in which the great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and "Eureka." Poe's young wife Virginia died of tuberculoses in the house. She was the love of his life and he never recovered from the lost.  I feel the poem, "Annabel Lee" expresses the love he and his wife shared.         

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.