Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Nymph

Read "The Nymph" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is an amusing poem attributed to Christophe des Laurières, a pseudonym that Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) used for a small number of his verses.  As with other poems attributed to des Laurières, "The Nymph" incorporates somewhat erotic content, although with a light touch that avoids the prurient.  The opening stanza is especially enchanting:

Last night I was a vagrant faun:
I followed through the woods of dream
Where singing dryads led me on
By glimpses of a singing stream.

It's not a major poem from CAS, but as with the other des Laurières poems, the playful erotic content is a nice change of pace from his more typical fare.

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