Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A Madrigal

Read "A Madrigal" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is another poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that he rendered in both English and French versions.  

Read in English, it's a rather minor love poem, and yet the last stanza does have a wonderful lyricism that transcends the mundane subject matter:

My dreams are olden songs
Sung on a clouded evening,
That mount among the petals
Of pale and perfumed roses
Falling at thy shadowy shutters.

The sense of languid upward motion is beautifully articulated in those five lines. 

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