This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) features many repeated phrases (not necessarily word-for-word repeats) in an interesting pattern somewhat like a villanelle. The repetitions work together to create a short narrative, with each stanza contributing a distinct phase to a progression through the narrator's memories:
- First stanza: the narrator recalls "a land of fallen suns"
- Second stanza: the narrator recalls a woman "Supremely pale and fair"
- Third stanza: the narrator recalls seeing the sky "In her blue eyes alone"
- Fourth stanza: the narrator recalls an "ancient stream of tears"
Taken as a whole, "Remembrance" is a ghostly tale of yearning and regret that is nonetheless wrapped in beauty. As a formal experiment in poetic form, it's an unusual work from CAS, and quite successful in extracting meaning from structure.