Friday, December 14, 2018

To George Sterling

Read "To George Sterling" at The Eldritch Dark:

This is the fourth poem of the same name by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) that I have read so far.  George Sterling was an older poet who served as something of a mentor to CAS over many years, beginning when CAS was still in his late teens.

Like the other tribute poems with the same title, this sonnet is fairly unremarkable, other than as a personal tribute to a mentor.  As with some of the previous tribute verses, this one conveys the impression that Sterling's poetic work will survive the passing years.  To some degree, that is indeed true, since CAS' reputation is almost solely responsible for maintaining that of his mentor.

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