Saturday, October 17, 2009

Poe Fridays (on Saturday)

Today's selection is the poem, Ulalume. You can read the full text here.

Another ode to a lost love, today's poem has our narrator walking through the crisp October wood, having a rather unique conversation with Psyche (probably representing his inner mind, or soul). He comes upon a tomb, and realizes it is the tomb of his love, Ulalume, whom he buried on that very day one year ago.

This is a great read-aloud poem. It's rhyme scheme is somewhat unusual - I feel like I should know the name, but can't place it. There is a very rhythmic, almost hypnotizing quality about the verse, which lends itself well to being heard. In fact, as a special treat, I found a recording of musician Jeff Buckley reading Ulalume - enjoy!

This is a great read for this time of year!

Poe Fridays is hosted by Kristen at WeBeReading.


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Poe is great anytime, but especially fitting for October :)

Kristen M. said...

Wow ... that was the most depressing reading I've ever heard! The music was so incredibly dark.

I'm glad that Poe, with having so many poems, uses different styles for most of them. This helps break up the similarities in theme. ;)

Serena said...

Poe is great for October. I posted a Poe poem on Sat. Virtual Poetry Circle, as a matter of fact.