Monday, August 5, 2019


Read "Suggestion" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime.  It's a lyrical exercise in remembrance and loss, and makes interesting use of repeated images and phrases to create a somewhat hypnotic effect.

The repeated phrases are found in the first stanza; they are "woven clouds" and "sombre, sullen gold", combining the images of sunset with the "glowing hair" of the one who is remembered.  

In the second stanza, there is a repeated image of the feet of the one who is remembered which is echoed in the very last line by the phrase "the silver-footed rain."

So each stanza has created a "Suggestion" reminding the speaker of the one who has been lost.  It's a moving work, and shows a tender side of CAS that is not his usual forte. 

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