Saintly and spooky poetry makes for supernatural Sunday night


Photo by: Sarah Kaderbek

Literature lovers forged comradery during a tight-knit poetry reading night Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge.  

It was a small crowd of eight total attendees, but there was more than enough poetry to entertain and excite the group. The theme of the night was Spooks and Saints, and those who came were invited to dress up as a literary character for the occasion. Characters such as Jane Austen and Lucy Pevensie were represented, with one student wearing a long dress and sash and another wearing a wool skirt and fur coat.  

Once everyone settled down with snacks, the poetry reading began. The audience listened respectfully and attentively as the night started off with “The Raven” by Edgar Alan Poe. Other poems read were “The Robe of Christ” by Joyce Kilmer and “Shadow Bride” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Some attendees even read their own poems. 

Senior Niamh-Marie Batstone, the president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville branch of Sigma Tau Delta, said that the night was successfully “a fun night of eating snacks and reading poems.”  

Batstone said that the purpose of the night was “to celebrate the more Franciscan aspect of Halloween, like the saintly side that comes with All Saint’s Day and also the spookiness that’s kind of inherent in the holiday.”  

This event was sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society. Any English major interested in joining Sigma Tau Delta should contact Batstone or English professor John Pilsner. 

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