Thursday, September 5, 2019


Read "Memorial" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is a tribute to the departed with a delicate gothic beauty that only Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) could create.  The opening stanza especially is rife with both beauty and destruction:

Thy mouth, whereof the worm was amorous,
Thy brows, whereon some waning moon had power,
Thy breasts, corruptible as any flower,
And all thy troubled beauty tremulous—

Throughout this sonnet, CAS has scattered adjectives such as "corrosive", "mausolean", and "mournful" that reinforce the final destination of all human existence, and yet this is a love poem.  The mix of the awful and the delightful in these lines is something few poets besides CAS have been able to master.

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