Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Tears of Lilith

Read "The Tears of Lilith" at The Eldritch Dark:

This short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) makes interesting use of repeated words to shift the emphasis.  Initially, the word "mouth" is repeated making the reader think of a kiss, but then the word "tears" is repeated, with the transition occurring right at the beginning of the middle stanza:

Thy mouth I love: but most of all
It is thy tears that I desire—

It's a subtle technique to re-focus the poem on its true subject, but it gets the job done!

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