Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A book of interest
I enjoy reading poetry, as you might have guessed. There are few books that are collections of darker poetry. You find things such as Mountain Graveyard in anthologies of all sorts of poems or in anthologies of an author's works. I haven't been able to find a cemetery/death anthology. There was a group of people that were called "The Graveyard Poets." According to Wiki: The "Graveyard Poets" were a number of pre-Romantic English poets of the 18th century characterized by their gloomy meditations on mortality, 'skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms." They included Thomas Parnell, Thomas Warton, Thomas Percy, Thomas Gray, Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper, Christopher Smart, James MacPherson, Robert Blair, William Collins, Thomas Chatterton, Mark Akenside, Joseph Warton, Henry Kirke White and Edward Young and James Thomson. Poe is not included on the list, strangely enough, even though he fits the criteria. I'm going to consider him. Sadly, no one has anthologized them. Maybe that'll be a nice Master's project.
I did however, find a book called The Graveyard Poet: Dark Adult Poems of Horror, Madness and Death by Steve Santini. It looked interesting and I decided to give it a go. At a glance some of the poems seem a bit sing/songy but that doesn't mean they aren't good.
I'm considering collecting my own darker poetry and making a small book.