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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Gothic Poems

A guide to resources on the Gothic novel; the origins, indicators, authors and books, compiled by your librarians.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore--
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door--

The Raven read by James Earl Jones

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The Raven - literary devices used

Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


'Tis the middle of night by the castle clock,
And the owls have awakened the crowing cock;
Tu—whit! Tu—whoo!
And hark, again! the crowing cock,

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Other Gothic Poetry

William Blake– Job,  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Kubla Khan, The Mad Monk


T.S. Elliot - The Waste Land, The Hollow Men


John Keats – Lamia, La Belle Dame sans Merci


Anne Radcliffe - Superstition. An Ode , To the Visions of Fancy, Night


The Eve of St Agnes by John Keats

The Eve of St. Agnes
St. Agnes' Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!
  The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
  The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass,
  And silent was the flock in woolly fold:  

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

The Eve of St Agnes - Audio

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
It is an ancient Mariner,
And he stoppeth one of three.
'By thy long grey beard and glittering eye,
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - read by Richard Burton

Gothic Poetry

John Stagg  - The Vampyre

Thomas Gray - Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Matthew Lewis - Alonzo The Brave And Fair Imogine

Gottfried Augustus Burger -  The Hunt

Christina Rossetti - Goblin Market

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ballad

John Milton - Paradise Lost

Edgar Allan Poe - Annabel Lee