Friday, October 16, 2020

Grecian Yesterday

Read "Grecian Yesterday" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is built upon his love of classical Greek mythology, beginning with a clever invocation of the story of Leda and the Swan.  

As with other poems from CAS inspired by the great myths, the speaker is all too aware of the shortcomings of contemporary reality when measured against those Elysian legends:

No Syrinx flees, no satyr sallies
From the still oaks and brooding bays:
In us their ancient rapture rallies

That sweeps away the world, and brings
Once more the many-flowered prime
After an age of flowerless things.

The phrase "After an age of flowerless things" is a remarkably powerful metaphor for an industrial age as experienced by a creative soul.

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