poemof the moment
She wrapp’d him in a shround; And she fixed her teeth his heart beneath, And she drank of the warm life-blood!
about the poem
The discrepancy between the respectable Liddell, a member of Parliament, and the morbid, implied sexuality of his vampire poem is striking. Like many examples of eighteenth centuty gothic literature, there is a lot more going on than mere B-movie atmospherics, which is what gives the poem its unsettling quality.
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Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. We certainly know how to celebrate it in style. All day on Friday we'll be tweeting lines from the best creepy poems. And I am reliably informed there may be a fancy dress element to the Far Away Places event on Thursday night.
Henry Thomas Liddell
Henry Thomas Liddell, 1st Earl of Ravensworth (10 March 1797 – 19 March 1878) was a British peer and eldest son of Thomas Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge. In 1855 he succeeded to his father's peerage and became known as Lord Ravensworth.