Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Morning on An Eastern Sea

Read "Morning on An Eastern Sea" at The Eldritch Dark:

This short poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime.  It does come across as something of an archaic exercise in Orientalism, and yet as is always the case with CAS, the strong pulse of the diction allows the work to really come alive when read aloud.

It's interesting to note alliteration throughout "Morning on An Eastern Sea" based on the letter "f", as in this wonderful line: "With figured foam as flowers wove therein".  

There are other uses of alliteration in this poem not built around the letter "f", but "fl" and "fr" sounds at the beginning of words are particularly prominent, and constitute a key part of the vocal rhythm of these lines, which almost cry out for musical accompaniment!

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