Sunday, August 18, 2019

Ave Atque Vale

Read "Ave Atque Vale" at The Eldritch Dark:

This wonderful poem by Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) has a rich musicality, and the poet's judicious use of internal rhyme adds a languid, hypnotic pace to the reading.  The dark intent of the poem's narrator is clear, and suggests an ambition much broader than the poisoning of a person, but rather a design with a sweeping scale as described in the final lines:

I proffer thee to drink; and on thy mouth,
With the one kiss wherein we meet and part,
Leave fire and dust from quenchless leagues of drouth.

The ending line "Leave fire and dust from quenchless leagues of drouth" is bold and vast, a hallmark of CAS' creative vision. 

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