Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Harlot of the World

Read "The Harlot of the World" at The Eldritch Dark:

Well this one isn't very subtle!  Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) takes Life as his subject in this poem, and his feelings are not nuanced:

Only an eye, subornless by delight,

Shall find, within thy phosphorescent gaze,
Those caverns of corruption and despair
Where the Worm toileth in the charnel night.

This is dark stuff, and suggests an attitude of frustration that might border on the suicidal.  But for a determined artist like CAS, life is not forgiving, and we can be thankful that he lived a full life and died of natural causes at a decently advanced age.  He continued his creative pursuits all throughoyt those years, for which we are much the richer.

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