Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Read "Poplars" at The Eldritch Dark:


This is a simple but beautiful poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS).  The opening stanza provides the central image:

Against the pale autumnal air,
The golden poplars burn and flare.

In the following stanzas, key nouns are repeated, as with "lamps" in the second and fifth stanzas:

And golden lamps are lit for me,
Deep in the vaults of memory.

And in my heart the lamps illume
A queenly couch of love and doom,

The phrase "golden lamps" from the second stanza is a direct derivation from "golden poplars" in the first stanza, and this repetition of key images really gives "Poplars" a musical flow that is impressive for such a short work.

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