Edgar Allan Poe is the first poet I discovered during my elementary school years. I purchased a small book of his poems from the Scholastic book fair held in the library and fell in love, most especially with “Annabel Lee.” Who wouldn’t want to be loved “with a love that was more than love”? (Oh, I now feel sorry for all my pre-teen and teen loves!) All these years later, this poem still enchants me.
I recently downloaded Stevie Nicks’ new album “In Your Dreams” and after the first song I was hooked. After hearing “Annabel Lee” in the lucky number 7 slot, I fell hard. Perfect voice to sing this haunting tale. Listen for yourself:
What poem or story was your first love?