A House By The Sea

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.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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7 Responses to A House By The Sea

  1. Ooohh, I’m dying to know what happens. Great story.


  2. She shivered, surprised at her reaction

    If this wasn’t the gothic prompt, I would have been totally surprised by this line 🙂



  3. Jael Stevens says:

    Gotta love another gothic poem!!!


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