Emilie Autumn is an artist that is heavily inspired by classic literature and poetry, which is an interest of hers that is reflected in her songs and literature. Lines from classical poetry can be found in some of her songs, which are documented below, and Autumn even authored two separate poetry books, Across the Sky and Other Poems and Your Sugar Sits Untouched.

Across the SkyEdit

Prolouge: Across the Sky, often shortened to "Across the Sky," is the first track on Autumn's Enchant. It, like most of Autumn's songs that feature poetry, features lines from the works of William Shakespeare.

What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since every one, hath every one, one shade,
And you but one, can every shadow lend.

These lines are taken from Shakespeare's Sonnet 53.[1]

Best Safety Lies in FearEdit

The song Best Safety Lies in Fear has been the opening spoken-word track for Autumn's concerts since it's realease on the Liar/Dead is the New Alive EP. The entirety of the track features the words of Ophelia's brother, Laertes, from Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is spoken in a male voice.

Best safety lies in fear
Best safety lies in fear
A violet in the youth of primy nature
Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,
The perfume and suppliance of a minute; no more.
No more.
No more.
Best safety lies in fear
Best safety lies in fear
If he says he loves you
If he says he loves you
If he says he loves you
If he says he loves you
Perhaps he loves you now

These lines are taken from Act 1, Scene 3, of Hamlet. [2]

Hell is EmptyEdit

Hell is Empty is an instrumental track on Autumn's Fight Like A Girl album, with one spoken word in the entirety of the track. This line is from Shakepeare's Tempest.

Hell is empty
And all the devils are here.

This line is spoken by Ariel in Act One, Scene One of The Tempest.


While Juliet, a song from Enchant, has no lines from Shakepearian work, it is based on the play Romeo & Juliet. The song is in the point of view of the character and the song's namesake, Juliet.

Mad GirlEdit

Mad Girl, like Juliet, has no lines from a Shakepearian work. It is a song about Ophelia, from Shakespeare's Hamlet.


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