Spook Week:
Book Review: Poems Bewitched and Haunted

Title: Poems Bewitched and Haunted
Edited by: John Hollander
Published: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5

A collection of delightfully ghoulish poetry.

I thought this was a pretty good collection, with some poetry that I heartily enjoyed and some I didn't. There's a good variety of styles and authors, and I especially enjoyed the poetry about dangerous venues and haunted houses.

One of the poems I enjoyed was The Haunted Chamber by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (the poem is a bit long, so these are just the first few verses:

Each heart has its haunted chamber
Where the silent moonlight falls
On the floor are mysterious footsteps
There are whispers along the walls

And mine at times is haunted
By phantoms of the Past
As motionless as shadows
By the silent moonlight cast

A form sits by the window
That is not seen by day
For as soon as the dawn approaches
It vanishes away...
p. 107

I felt this collection kept well to the topic and had some wonderfully spooky themes. I would recommend it for poetry lovers for Halloween!

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