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Halloween 2019, 31 oct 2019 wednesday

halloween poems

William Shakespeare: The Witches’ Spell from “Macbeth” (1606)

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) composed almost 40 plays, including this one about a goal-oriented Scottish aristocrat. The three witches (otherwise called the Weird Sisters), who prophesize Macbeth’s ascent (and tumble) from control, are among the most important characters in this Shakespeare show.

Extract:

“Twofold, twofold drudge and issue;

Fire consume, and kettle bubble…​”

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John Donne: “The Apparition” (1633)

John Donne (January 22, 1572–March 31, 1631) was an English writer known for his striking, short refrain that ran counter to the predominant flower language of his friends. Donne was additionally an Anglican cleric and served in Parliament.

Passage:

“When by thy disdain, O murd’ress, I am dead

What’s more, that thou think’st thee free

From all sales from me,

At that point will my phantom come to thy bed…”

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Robert Herrick: “The Hag” (1648)

Robert Herrick (August 24, 1591–October 15, 1674) is best known the line “Accumulate ye rosebuds while ye may,” which is from one of the melodious sonnets for which he was known. In spite of the fact that Herrick essentially composed love sonnets, he likewise picked darker topic once in a while, including this lyric.

Selection:

“The Hag is with on leg on each side of,

This night for to ride;

The Devill and shee together:

Through thick, and through thin…”

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Robert Burns: “Halloween” (1785)

Scotland’s national artist Robert Burns (January 25, 1759–July 21, 1796) was a main author of the Romantic period and generally distributed during his lifetime. He composed oftentimes of life in country Scotland, praising its common magnificence and the individuals who lived there. Huge numbers of his lyrics, including this one, are written in a Scottish vernacular, planned to be spoken out loud.

Extract:

“Together convened,

To consume their nits, a’ pou their stocks,

A’ haud their Halloween

Fu’ blythe that night. ..”

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George Gordon, Lord Byron: “Dimness” (1816)

George Gordon, otherwise called Lord Byron (January 22, 1788–April 19, 1824) was a writer, lawmaker, and noted individual from the English nobility. His sonnets, regularly epic long, are viewed as symbols of the Romantic period. “Murkiness” was propelled to a limited extent by the “year without summer,” when a gigantic volcanic emission in Indonesia came about in underneath ordinary temperatures all year all through a significant part of the world.

Portion:

“I had a fantasy, which was not each of the a fantasy.

The brilliant sun was extinguish’d, and the stars

Wandered darkling in the endless space…”

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Edgar Allan Poe: “The Raven” (1845)

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809–October 7, 1849) was a main Romantic artistic figure in the U.S., known for verse and short stories that frequently had a secretive or horrifying subject. “The Raven” is maybe Poe’s most acclaimed ballad. It was a mainstream accomplishment when it was distributed in 1845.

Selection:

“​Once upon a 12 PM inauspicious, while I contemplated, powerless and exhausted,

Over numerous an interesting and inquisitive volume of overlooked legend ​

While I gestured, about snoozing, all of a sudden there came a tapping,

Starting at somebody tenderly rapping, rapping at my chamber door…”

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “Frequented Houses” (1858)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807–March 24, 1882) is best associated with his expressive ballads that praise early Americana, including “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Song of Hiawatha.” In this sonnet, Longfellow envisions what waits inside residences after the inhabitants have passed on.

Passage:

“All houses wherein men have lived and kicked the bucket

Are spooky houses. Through the open entryways

The innocuous apparitions on their tasks skim,

With feet that make no solid upon the floors…”

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Christina Rossetti: “Troll Market” (1862)

Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830–December 29, 1894) was a British writer who originated from a cultivated group of artists. She drew motivation from mystery and the mysterious, composing stanza for the two kids and grown-ups. “Troll Market” is one of her best-known ballads.

Selection:

“Morning and evening​

House cleaners heard the trolls cry:

‘Come purchase our plantation natural products,

Come purchase, come purchase’ …”

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Walt Whitman: “The Mystic Trumpeter” (1872)

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) was an American author and writer whose work regularly romanticized the normal world, which was rapidly disappearing as the U.S. extended its outskirts. The writer Gustav Holst utilized this sonnet as motivation for his structure “First Choral Symphony.”

Selection:

“Look! some wild trumpeter—some bizarre artist,

Floating inconspicuous in air, vibrates impulsive tunes to-night.

I hear thee, trumpeter—tuning in, alert, I get thy notes,

Presently pouring, spinning like a whirlwind round me…”

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Robert Frost: “Apparition House” (1915)

Robert Frost (March 26, 1874–January 29, 1963) was one of the most popular artists in the U.S. in the twentieth century. He wound up renowned for his numerous ballads chronicling life in rustic New England and was respected with both a Pulitzer Prize and Congressional Gold Medal for his composition. This lyric envisions the creepy inside of a relinquished home.

Extract:

“I abide in a forlorn house I know

That evaporated numerous a late spring back,

Furthermore, left no follow however the basement dividers,

Also, a basement where the light falls…”

Updated: October 22, 2019 — 8:46 pm

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