Edgar Allan Poe “Annabel Lee”

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Me

Here’s Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” It is a sad poem as the writer tells of how he loved her and now misses her. He wrestles with God, or, at least, angels, feeling they selfishly stole her. His heart is so broken that he can’t let go even though he recognizes she’s gone.

Speech Tip: Read aloud great writing. This one is especially for writers. Often we read quickly. We speed through documents to get whatever nugget we need to do our job. That’s not how we started, is it? We fell in love with words by reading great literature and then found we had a knack for putting words together ourselves. Go back to that. Go back to your favorites which drew you into this passion in the first place. Revisiting them again will deepen your sense of cadence, language, phrasing and structure. Learn from the masters. #poetry #audio #video