Friday, September 6, 2019

A Precept

Read "A Precept" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is a wonderful artistic manifesto from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS).  The closing quatrain is a thing of beauty, and could serve as a complete poem all by itself:

No shining words of stone—
Shadow and cloud alone—
These shall the poet seek eternally,
Whose lines would carve the mask of Mystery.

In a mere twelve lines, CAS has managed to capture the essence of his poetic craft, and has articulated the raison d'ĂȘtre of that craft.  

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