Poems Bewitched And Haunted

by John Hollander | Poetry |
ISBN: 9781400043880 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/16/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, October 16, 2020
I got this little hardcover from an online seller. It's from the "Everyman's Library Pocket Poets" series of themed poetry collections. Loosely grouped into categories, it contains classic poems and less well-known ones, along with some excerpts from plays. Among my favorites:

"The Hexli (Little Witch)" by Johann Peter Hebel, which could be about a bewitching young girl in the romantic sense, or a witch-child, or perhaps a bit of both.

Madison Cawein's "The Town Witch" is a short and wrenching account of the classic (and too-often true) cases of frightened or angry villagers choosing to kill solitary old women under the belief that they were witches.

"The Haunted Palace" by Edgar Allan Poe, his classic little chiller about a lovely palace turned to haunted ruin.

"Tom Linn", one of many variants on the "Tam Lin" legend of a young woman who falls for a strange man, learns he's a captive of the Elf Queen, and goes to great lengths to free him from the spell. (This one's had loads of variations-on-the-theme in other poems and stories. Most recently I read a marvelous deconstruction of the plot in "Let Pass the Horses Black" from T. Kingfisher's collection Jackalope Wives and Other Stories.)

"The Grey Mare" by Giovanni Pascoli, in which a woman entreats the horse to reveal the name of the man who killed her son, last seen when he rode away on the grey mare.

"Two Ghosts Converse" by Emily Dickinson, in which two spirits, resting in neighboring graves, chat "until the moss had reached our lips, and covered up our names".

And for some dark humor, there's Thomas Hood's "Mary's Ghost: a Pathetic Ballad", in which Mary bemoans her fate at the hands of the body-snatchers and anatomists:

"I vow'd that you should have my hand,
But fate gives us denial;
You'll find it there at Dr Bell's,
In spirits and a phial."

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, New Searles Rd in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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*** Released for the 2020 Spooktacular October challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, October 24, 2020
Update: as of 10/24/2020, the book is no longer in the LFL. I hope that whoever took it enjoys it!

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