Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Song of the Stars

Read "The Song of the Stars" at The Eldritch Dark:

After being very impressed by "A Song of Dreams" (see my previous blog post) I find myself rather indifferent to "The Song of the Stars".  Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is well-known for his cosmic-themed poetry, and within that large grouping of his verses, "The Song of the Stars" is merely competent, but lacks any motivating energy or idea to really lift it off the page and make it come alive in the reader's mind.  Even the phrasing and vocabulary seems to be lifted from CAS' more vigorous verses, so I'm not surprised that he chose not to include this one in his career-spanning Selected Poems (1971).

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