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


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Poets' Graves

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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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Poet Costumes

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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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