Thirteen Nocturnes by Oliver Sheppard Book Tour and Giveaway :)
The book itself draws on all of the darkest pieces of existence, it quotes the greatest gothic authors ever, such as Dickinson, which is one that most people would think of as a canon poet, but not many people really know how gothic she could be. My second quote I loved from this was "The shadow of Life is Death; and Death evinces his jealousy of Life through the phenomenon of disease." So from the day we are born we are already dying, some disease will take us, even if it's just a natural death like old age. And Death is always waiting for us, watching us, jealous that we are able to live longer than maybe Death wants us to. So Death in turn gives us diseases to get us sooner than we should be dying. Make sense? Maybe not, but I think if you read this you will start to get it and you will reach your own conclusions about the book and how it can relate to your own life. I know that each of us has a dark part to our life, sometimes facing that darkness is cleansing for our souls.
Over and above all of that, the book is a great read - it's short, and it does have some wonderful poetry quotations, it reminded me somewhat of Poe's works. Everything has a deeper meaning, and that deeper meaning is different for everyone. Check this book out, it's wonderfully gothic!!!
This poem is by Sara Teasdale, from 1915: