Monday, December 7, 2020


Read "Paean" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) stays true to its title with a melodic refrain that is woven throughout the three stanzas, and is varied slightly with each response:

  • First stanza: "Hereafter song shall praise"
  • Second stanza: "Hereafter with wild glory", "Song yet shall leave..."
  • Third stanza: "Song shall repeat hereafter"

One really can imagine "Paean" being set to music, since these similar phrases paced throughout the text create natural points of inflection for a singer to emphasize. 

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