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Halloween Poems

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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 

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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Vampire Poems


 

The Vampire by Conrad Aiken
She rose among us where we lay...

The Vampyre by John Stagg
Why looks my lord so deadly pale...

The Giaour [Unquenched, unquenchable]
by Lord Byron
Unquenched, unquenchable...

 

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Poet Costumes
Poet Costumes


Whether you're heading to a party with a literary theme or simply sucking up to your English teacher this Halloween, here are a few inexpensive costume ideas worth trying on. Learn more >

Poetry Haunted House



Take a tour! Read your way through Poets.org's literary den of ghosts, goblins, and bards. Learn more >

Poets' Graves 

Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets
Scour American cemeteries for your favorite poets by reading this essay on where the bards of the past are buried. You can also browse for poets' gravesites by state.
Devils and Demons 

Poems about the Underworld
Follow Dante, Virgil, Milton, Blake, and others on a journey into the depths of hell with a selection of poems exploring descriptions of the underworld.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Poems for Halloween 

Halloween by Robert Burns
Upon that night, when fairies light...

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
Morning and evening...

Three Witches from Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Round about the cauldron go...

Haunted Houses by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All houses wherein men have lived and died...

Bats by Paisley Rekdal
unveil themselves in dark...

Darkness by George Gordon Byron
I had a dream, which was not all a dream...

Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg
I spot the hills...

Third Charm from Masque of Queens by Ben Jonson
The owl is abroad, the bat, and the toad...

Mr. Macklin's Jack O'Lantern by David McCord
Mr. Macklin takes his knife...

November Night by Adelaide Crapsey
Listen...

Song for the Deathless Voice by Abram Joseph Ryan
'Twas the dusky Hallowe'en...

All Souls' Night, 1917 by Hortense King Flexner
You heap the logs and try to fill...

Halloween by Arthur Peterson
Out I went into the meadow...

Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe
The skies they were ashen and sober...

All Hallows Night by Lizette Woodworth Reese
Two things I did on Hallows Night...

Dream-Land by Edgar Allan Poe
By a route obscure and lonely...

Low Barometer by Robert Bridges
The south-wind strengthens to a gale...

Sonnet 100 by Lord Brooke Fulke Greville
In night when colors all to black are cast...

The Hag by Robert Herrick
The Hag is astride...

The Apparition by John Donne
When by thy scorn, O murd'ress, I am dead...

Shadwell Stair by Wilfred Owen
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair...

Raising the Devil: A Legend of Cornelius Agrippa by Richard Harris Barham
'And hast thou nerve enough?' he said...

The Hand of Glory: The Nurse's Story by Richard Harris Barham
On the lone bleak moor...

Hallow-E'en, 1914 by Winifred M. Letts
Why do you wait at your door, woman...

Hallow-E'en, 1915 by Winifred M. Letts
Will you come back to us, men of our hearts, to-night...

Incantation by George Parsons Lathrop
When the leaves, by thousands thinned...

Hallowe'en Charm by Arthur Guiterman
Fern seed, hemp seed, water of the well...

The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe
In the greenest of our valleys...

On Halloween by Janet Little
Some folk in courts for pleasure sue...

Spirits of the Dead by Edgar Allan Poe
Thy soul shall find itself alone...

From The Lady of the Manor by George Crabbe
Next died the Lady who yon Hall possessed...

Dirge by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
We do lie beneath the grass...

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