Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Mummy

Read "The Mummy" at The Eldritch Dark:

This sonnet from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) has been the subject of a blog post from Mark Fuller Dillon, which is well worth reading:


Dillon's discussion focuses on several different techniques that CAS put to work in "The Mummy".  His mention of the use of alliteration in this poem is especially noteworthy, and If you look at the marked-up version of the poem included in Dillon's blog post, he has highlighted which lines incorporate the letter "m", as well as the handful of lines that do not.

Re-reading "The Mummy" after digesting Dillon's discussion is illuminating, and really brings out some of the rich alliterative phrasing that CAS chose, such as "Memphian gloom" and "mock the might of time".  This particular poem is one that really benefits from reading out loud, since the stately cadence of CAS' words is all the more impressive as it rolls off the tongue.

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