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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…

— Edgar Allan Poe

We’ve all heard songs that describe love in powerful and moving ways. Great writers capture feelings in words that describe otherwise indescribable emotions.


That’s exactly what Edgar Allan Poe does in his poem “Annabel Lee.” Now, we need you to reimagine this classic as a song that can do Poe’s words justice and make it to the top of the charts.

Here’s your assignment:

Recite, sing, or rap the original verses from “Annabel Lee” in a rhythm that will make us want to hear it over and over again. You must follow these rules:

  • Use the poem as is — no repetitions of words or lines, no invention of new words or lines; just make your flow work. We want you to stay true to Poe’s original rhyme and verse.

  • Your recitation must contain the entire poem as included on the following page.

  • Make sure your video is appropriate (No profanity, violence, or scenes inappropriate for middle school students please!)

  • Accompanying music is either an original composition or comes from an approved music source:

Remember - we’re focused on your flow and delivery. Perfectly produced music is not required. Beatboxing and even drumming on your desk is acceptable.

Good Luck!

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Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe


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 sepulchre

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 it 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 her sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.


Read and write annotations for the poem at:

http://genius.com/Edgar-allan-poe-annabel-lee-annotated/

Submission requirements:

In your video, you must:

  • Recite, sing, or rap the poem as is — no repeating words or lines, no inventing new words or lines.
  • Accompanying music is either an original composition or comes from an approved music source (included in the resources section). Remember, we’re focused on your flow and delivery, so beatboxing and drumming on a desk are acceptable.
  • Make sure your video is appropriate (no violence, profanity, or scenes that could be considered inappropriate for students in middle school).
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.


Key Dates:

April 28, 2015 – Contest opens

June 15, 2015 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)

June 29, 2015 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET

August 3, 2015 – Winners announced on the Project Ed website


Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

The primary measure of success in this contest will be your delivery of the poem. Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Does your video convey its message in an artistic, creative, and innovative way?
  • Appropriate content: Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen on the basis of the entrants’ scores in the educational merit and accuracy criteria.


Prizes:

Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize is awarded to one video in the Youth category and one in the Adult category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the Youth category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the Adult category. All prizes with the exception of the Viewer's Choice award are chosen by a panel of judges. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes are awarded to a legal parent or guardian. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

In this contest, we offer one adult grand prize, one youth grand prize, eight prizes for finalists, and sixteen honorable mentions. All prizes amounts are in USD where applicable.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants submit proof of proper clearances.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Carefully read the complete rules listed in the Contest Terms.

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