For Annie

Poe, Edgar Allan

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Moore, Pamela
  • Date of entry: Aug-08-1994
  • Last revised: Jan-09-2007


A dying man gives thanks that his "lingering illness," life, is finally over. He is now beyond pain and suffering. But no one, he says, should think pityingly of him. After all, everyone will lie in the same bed he does. Moreover, his death is not final. As his lover, Annie, looks on him and cries because she thinks he is dead, he declares that his heart and his thoughts are more alive than ever, for they are filled with the sight of Annie's love. Though dead, he lives on because of her love.


The poem reverses ordinary ways of thinking about death and life. Life is an illness and death is a cure rather then visa versa. Death is also not just a matter of body. The man's mind and heart are alive even though his body is quite dead. Poe expands on this theme in The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (see this database).


First published: 1849

Primary Source

Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe


Houghton Mifflin

Place Published





Edward H. Davidson