Sunday, April 12, 2020

After Armageddon

Read "After Armageddon" at The Eldritch Dark:

Most every poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that I have read has its rewarding elements.  CAS was a truly gifted poet, and even his weakest efforts offer vivid imagery and musical language that will compensate for any less-developed elements.

However, there are some CAS verses that do little for me as a reader, and "After Armageddon" is one of them.  Although the poem features a strong vein of the apocalyptic and the indifference of the deity to his own powers of destruction, all is rendered without much energy or feeling, more like a draft of something greater to come.

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