Written for: dVerse Poets Pub, Poetics: Exploring
Gothic as a Literary Genre. (posted by Sanaa)
"Gothic Literature is rooted first and foremost in invoking human emotion, rather than reason and was created as a darker side of the Romanticism movement in which the explorations of feelings were emphasized."
It is a genre which, through the supernatural, the fantastic and the remote, allows a discussion on everything that has been repressed.
"For today’s Poetics, I would like you to write a Gothic poem and explore the question: “Which according to you are the deepest, darkest and most concealed of human emotions?”
Sea salt air wafted through the windows
of the new house–mansion to Anna's mind.
Paul had recently inherited a large sum
of money. "Honey," he said grinning with
a glimmer in his hazel eyes, "you always
yearned to live near the sea. So, see? Isn't
this perfect?" Anna listened to waves
lapping at the shore like a hungry cat.
She shivered, surprised at her reaction.
She strolled through rooms, heavily curtained
in dark velvet. She wondered why the
windows were covered, with such a spectacular
view of the sea. Paul appeared behind
her shoulder, just as she discovered a small
locked room. Anna jumped as she felt his
breath on her neck. Paul laughed. "No key,"
she asked. Paul waved his arms at this
trifling detail. Said he would get the key
in the morning. Just before dawn, Anna
heard a shrill scream.
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