Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Barrier

Read "The Barrier" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem of hesitance on the verge of passion and (perhaps) a great love has a tragic dimension, in that the reader has no way of knowing whether the wavering will cease and allow the romance to blossom.  

This is by no means a great work from Clark Ashton Smith, and yet he skillfully casts his lovers in the roles of the faun and the nymph, lending the experience the grander perspective of timelessness, as the narrator and his paramour wrestle with difficulties that are endemic to any human relationship in any age.

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