Poems Bewitched and Haunted

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A delightfully ghoulish array of specters and sorceresses, witches and ghosts, hags and apparitions haunt these pages–a literary parade of phantoms and shades to add to the revelry of All Hallow’s Eve.

From Homer to Horace, Pope to Poe, Randall Jarrell to James Merrill, Poems Bewitched and Haunted draws on three thousand years of poetic forays into the supernatural. Ovid conjures the witch Medea, Virgil channels Aeneas’s wife from the afterlife, Baudelaire lays bare the wiles of...

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Overview

A delightfully ghoulish array of specters and sorceresses, witches and ghosts, hags and apparitions haunt these pages–a literary parade of phantoms and shades to add to the revelry of All Hallow’s Eve.

From Homer to Horace, Pope to Poe, Randall Jarrell to James Merrill, Poems Bewitched and Haunted draws on three thousand years of poetic forays into the supernatural. Ovid conjures the witch Medea, Virgil channels Aeneas’s wife from the afterlife, Baudelaire lays bare the wiles of the incubus, and Emily Dickinson records two souls conversing in a crypt, in poems that call out to be read aloud, whether around the campfire or the Ouija board. From ballads and odes, to spells and chants, to dialogues and incantations, here is a veritable witches’ brew of poems from the spirit world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400043880
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/13/2005
  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 696,430
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hollander is the author of seventeen previous books of poetry. His first, A Crackling of Thorns, was chosen by W. H. Auden as the 1958 volume in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has written eight books of criticism, including the award-winning Rhyme’s Reason: A Guide to English Verse and The Work of Poetry, and edited or coedited twenty-two collections, among them The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, and (with Anthony Hecht, with whom he shared the Bollingen Prize in Poetry in 1983) Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls.

Mr. Hollander attended Columbia and Indiana Universities and was a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows of Harvard University. He has taught at Connecticut College and Yale, and was a professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is currently Sterling Professor emeritus of English at Yale. In 1990 he received a MacArthur Fellowship .

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Table of Contents

Exordium 15
From Ode to superstition 16
Circe the enchantress 21
The island of Circe 23
Rinaldo is warned of the witch Armida 26
A witch exposed 29
The witch of Endor 31
Invective against Denise, a witch 32
The witch Hecate gets her crew together 36
The hag 37
The witch o' Fife 38
The witches who hate Dido 39
The hexli (little witch) 41
A lovely witch's cave 43
The witch 46
The witch-mother 48
The amber-witch 51
The town witch 53
The wood witch 54
The young witch 56
The pauper witch of Grafton 57
The patient witch 62
Witch! 64
The witch 65
The two witches 66
The witch Medea at work 69
The sorceress 73
Canidia and friends steal a boy 78
Witchcraft by a picture 82
The false Florimell 83
Three witches cook something up 86
To bring in the witch 88
A spell 89
A witch's chant 90
The ghosts' moonshine 95
The haunted palace 97
The haunted house 99
The fearful traveler in the haunted castle 105
The haunted chamber 107
The haunted house 109
Evil landscape 111
Haunted spot 112
Haunted house 114
The haunted oak 115
Evening 118
Haunted houses 119
Tom Linn 123
The Erl-king 130
The Lorelei 132
La Belle Dame Sans Merci 134
The phantom-wooer 137
The incubus 138
On apparitions 141
The apparition 143
The double 144
The snow-fiend 145
The spectre boat : a ballad 147
The spectral horseman 149
The demons 152
White in the night 155
Phantoms 157
The will-o'-the-wisp 158
Will-o'-the-wisp 159
Windy nights 161
The grey mare 162
At the piano 166
Who's in the next room? 167
Luke Havergal 168
The apparitions 170
The ballad of the white glow 171
Voices from the other world 173
From October : nearing Hallowe'en 177
Walpurgis-night 179
The warning 187
Aeneas meets his dead wife 191
The ghosts of beauty 194
Margaret's ghost 195
Ghost 199
Phantom 200
Janet curses Ronald, her betrayer 201
The old ghost 204
The ghost of a rose 205
The only ghost I ever saw 206
The ghosts 207
Two ghosts converse 209
Sentimental conversation 210
The ghost's petition 211
Steps of ghosts 215
The banshee 217
A ghost 219
The ghost 220
The haunter 221
Ghosts in love 223
Spectral lovers 224
The orchard ghost 226
A ghost story 228
No ghosts 229
No more ghosts 231
Mary's ghost : a pathetic ballad 235
Ballade of a choice of ghosts 238
A dreadful legend 240
Little Orphant Annie 242
A bedtime story 245
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