“The Old Ghost,” A Poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Thomas Lovell Beddoes had an outlook on life perfect for Halloween.  He was obsessed with death.  Enjoy a bit of culture in the Halloween Haunt, and let us know what poem or story you would like to hear at HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Read the poem yourself and learn more about Mr. Beddoes at PhantomWooer.org.

The music:

“Remains of the Past” by Grigor Iliev

“Tempest (de havilland vampire)” by the Brothers Femme

Click here to download the show.

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4 thoughts on ““The Old Ghost,” A Poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes

  1. christine says:

    what a lovely reading of the Old Soul. Your scansion was perfect. He is a demanding and excellent poet and rewards reading allowed. Thank you .

    Christine Hankinson

  2. Christine,

    I’m blushing from your kind comments, which is not a good look for me. Thank you so much for your kind words. I agree that Beddoes is a wonderful poet to hear. I’m strictly an amateur, however. I had to look up what scansion means. The way I approach reading poetry is the same as reading anything. I try to communicate the feeling and let the rhyme and meter take care of themselves. I’m glad it worked for you.

    –HH

  3. Dean says:

    I know how the old ghost feels in the poem.

    You don’t have to be a ghost, just live past 50 years old,
    and you spend quite a lot of time yearning for youth and the young.
    Isn’t it scarier than the poem — that it happens to most all of us eventually?
    Happy Halloween.

  4. Dean,

    I find that most living souls are not happy with their lot…for a long time they’re too young, then too old and too young at the same time, then just too old…. I prefer to be satisfied where I am, but of course I don’t have the same…issues as you do.

    –HH

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