poem index

Halloween Poems

"Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still."

From "Spirits of the Dead" by Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween Features

Poet Costumes
Whether you’re heading to a party with a literary theme or trying to impress your English teacher this Halloween, here are a few inexpensive costume ideas worth trying on.

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James Merrill and the Other World
Read this essay about James Merrill and his use of the Ouija board in writing poetry.

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Poets Graves
Scour American cemeteries for your favorite poets by reading "Death Be Not Proud," a roundup of where the bards of the past are buried. You can also browse by state for poets’ gravesites.

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Poems about the Underworld
Follow Dante, Virgil, Milton, Blake, and others on a journey into the depths of hell.

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Lesson Plan: Ghosts and Spirits
Try these activities about Halloween-related poems in the classroom.

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Vampire Poems

The Bride of Corinth [From my grave to wander] by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
From my grave to wander I am forc'd...

Christabel [Beneath the lamp] by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Beneath the lamp the lady bowed...

Lamia [Left to herself] by John Keats
Left to herself, the serpent now began...

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Ghost Poems

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe
Ah broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever...

How Can It Be I Am No Longer I
by Lucie Brock-Broido
Winter was the ravaging in the scarified...

Unbidden by Rae Armantrout
The ghosts swarm...

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