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English poetry. :) [Jan. 31st, 2008|01:50 am]
[mood |blahbleh]
[music |Primeval. *groan*]

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 sepulcher 
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 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 sepulcher there by the sea, 
In her tomb by the sounding sea.  -- Edgar Allen Poe

This poem has a different meaning having recently seen Play Misty For Me. *shudder*

And, video of the day:


I love these. The foreign language exercise videos that teach you useful English. Hysterical. :) I think my favorite is "I have a bad case of diarrhea." haha, good times. ;)

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-31 08:04 am (UTC)
This feels really familiar, though I don't remember it. A lot of Poe feels like that for me. I like "seraphs of heaven 
Coveted her and me"
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[User Picture]From: bigtyper
2008-01-31 08:05 am (UTC)
oops, different computer, forgot to log in.
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[User Picture]From: ljsare4losers
2008-01-31 08:20 am (UTC)
wow there's a bunch of related ones too... i think my favorites are "will my insurance cover today" and "it's your fault that this happened" haha.
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[User Picture]From: yourtinystar
2008-01-31 12:31 pm (UTC)
I just starting writing a short story using this poem last night. I haven't touched the thing in like six years, since mid-high school. WEEEEIRD!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I am omnipresent... LOL Jk.

It's weird how that kind of thing happens!
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2008-01-31 02:01 pm (UTC)
I read that poem for my speech class when i was 14. :)

I love Poe... i did a report on him when i was 11. We could pick anyone famous, and i think i was the only one who picked someone who wasn't a movie star or a singer.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:04 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! Rock on! Was your teacher impressed?
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2008-01-31 02:04 pm (UTC)
PS- is "primeval" that movie where they made it sound like it was about a serial killer, but then the day before i went to go see it, they put out the previews that told it was a... crocodile er somethin'? I'm just glad i found out before i went. I'd have been PISSED.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: amazingadrian
2008-01-31 02:17 pm (UTC)
Heehee...that youtube video...

Have you seen Benny Lava?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. :) Hook me up? ;)
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[User Picture]From: marguerlucy
2008-01-31 02:27 pm (UTC)

I have a dream of starring in the gothic pop opera of Fall of the House of Usher as the sister. She wouldn't sing any words, like that character Sally in the Wild Party - it would just be crazy aria syllables of singing. IT WOULD BE AWESOME.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:10 pm (UTC)
I think he was pretty cool, if a little odd. ;)

And ooh!! That'd totally ROCK!!

A little like Rapunzel in Into The Woods too. hehe. That role is so under-rated. I think it's the most fun in the show. Still I'd want to be teh Bakers Wife. I love her.
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[User Picture]From: nonplussed
2008-01-31 04:20 pm (UTC)
oh god damn that's my favorite poem of all time. i rememeber the first time i heard it - 6th grade english class. it's so goth it hurts.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 04:21 pm (UTC)
I love it. :) I'm glad you're in the same boat with me. Even if it is a little goth. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 05:12 pm (UTC)
I agree. :) Very interesting body of work.
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[User Picture]From: robinsnow
2008-01-31 05:27 pm (UTC)
Back to the video: Curses! I have had that stupid chant going through my head for the last half hour: I have a bad case of diarrhea. I have a bad case of diarrhea. I have a bad case of diarrhea.

None of the other chants, mind you. Just that one.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 05:54 pm (UTC)
LOL, sorry!! It was too great not to share though.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2008-01-31 06:45 pm (UTC)
Figures that was Poe. Always writing about his lost loves.

Great poem, though. We've sort of lost the tradition of verse of like that.

Will my insurance cover today?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-01-31 06:46 pm (UTC)
We really have. I felt the need to post some poetry. Not sure why. ;)

-- And LOL, right? The answer is almost always no.
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[User Picture]From: emteee
2008-02-01 12:40 am (UTC)
*shiver of delight*
Oooh, a favorite!
Thanks, RP!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-02-01 03:26 am (UTC)
You're welcome! =)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-02-01 03:27 am (UTC)
He certainly had some eccentricities about him. Do his stories freak you out? I think he was terribly talented.
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From: word_herder
2008-02-01 01:14 am (UTC)
That is my favorite Poe poem ever.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-02-01 03:27 am (UTC)
Me too. =)
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