Monday, June 14, 2021

For the Dance of Death

Read "For the Dance of Death" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) includes the wonderful description "faint castanets": a perfect verbal rendition of the sound made by the rattles of the deadly venomous snake.

Also particularly effective is the phrase "stirless brake", capturing the perfect stillness preceding a potential moment of high drama.  Taken together, these elements create an almost cinematic palette, reminiscent of the best moments of the stylish western genre films of years past.

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