Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Call of the Wind

Read "The Call of the Wind" at The Eldritch Dark:

Similar to the poem "Companionship" which I read a couple of posts ago, this poem is a fairly straightforward nature ode.  The message is so direct that it could almost be summarized as "I need to get outside more often!"

Despite the directness and simplicity of the idea embodied in these lines, Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) still gives us a taste of the grand romantic feeling he is known for:

And the songs of the birds are a rapturous paean of praise
To the joy and the beauty of Spring's first perfect days.

I like this side of CAS, since it reminds us that there is more to his art than the sweeping dramatic impact of better-known verses like "Nero" and "The Hashish-Eater".  

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