Friday, November 13, 2020

Anodyne of Autumn

Read "Anodyne of Autumn" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) revisits several themes that are found throughout his poetic corpus.  Most prominently featured here is the memory of a romantic dalliance that provides a comfort in the waning days of fall.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like CAS had anything very interesting to offer in "Anodyne of Autumn"; the poem's approach to its subject matter is quite pedestrian.  Moreover, the almost perfect pattern of two lines of trimeter followed by one line of pentameter gives the reading a staccato rhythm that seems to defy the meditative quality that the speaker's rumination implies.

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