Saturday, January 25, 2020

Don Juan Sings

Read "Don Juan Sings" at The Eldritch Dark:

Clark Ashton Smith's (CAS) take on the legendary womanizer is true to the maddeningly charming nature of the character, with his ready indulgences and quick escapes:

Somber locks and tresses fair,
In them all your fingers tangle;
Leave them lest your heart should strangle
In a noose of woman's hair.

It's not a standout poem from CAS, but at the same time it is interesting as a possible reflection of the poet himself, given that his letters to mentor George Sterling from around the time this poem was written often contain references to CAS' affairs with married women.

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