Responding to The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux


Phantom of the Opera by Kesha Linehan

Phantom of the Opera by Kesha Linehan


This is a found poem I have created towards my respond to the book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux:

Angel of the Music or “The living dead”

Joseph Buquet is dead!

He was found hanging in the third cellar!

The Opera ghost! The Opera ghost!


“He’s very ugly!”

His born with terrible face-no nose, yellow eyes

The face of death with a pair of burnt out eyes

Coat hangs on his skeleton

Nasty yellow skin in tightly stretched across his bones

He had to hide

A  horrible thing to look at


Oh! The ventriloquist’s terrible voice!

It was everywhere, everywhere!

It ran around us, between us!

Erik was there, speaking to us!


Erik-Phantom, Monster or Man?

The Scorpion or the Grasshopper?

Should we pity him?

Should we curse him?


I knew that he was a Monster.

Mini rationale

I have used creative techniques such as symbols, tone, mood and pathos techniques to make the found poem very effective. I used symbols such as the grasshopper and the scorpion. “Yes or no! If your answer is no, everybody will be dead and buried!” (page 75) This quote means if Christine Dale turns the scorpion around, it means she wants to marry Erik(the opera ghost). If Christine turns the grasshopper around, it means she doesn’t want to marry Erik. At the same time, a terrible explosion in the middle of the performance in the Paris Opera if Christine Dale said no!

Furthermore, I used tone and mood. The tone I have created in the poem is astonished and revulsion. The mood is worried, horrified and detestable.

Lastly, I used pathos techniques such as figurative language and imagery to describe the opera ghost.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the poem!


2 thoughts on “Responding to The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

  1. Hi Yuka 🙂 How did you find the perfect descriptive writing to make your poem so realistic ? I struggled with that 😛 Your poem really sounded as though it came from the author of your book and made it so much more deep and meaningful. Were the quotations used in the poem taken from the book? Overall I really liked your poem 😀

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