Tuesday, October 22, 2019

To Omar Khayyam

Read "To Omar Khayyam" at The Eldritch Dark:


Having not yet read the poetic works of Omar Khayyam myself, I'm obviously at a disadvantage in reflecting on this tribute poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS).  Nonetheless, these lines contain an abundance of CAS' characteristic beautiful language, such as:

Before thy gaze the sad unvaried green
The cypresses like robes funereal wear,
Was woven on the gradual looms of air
From threadbare silk and tattered sendaline
That clothed some ancient queen

I intend to read the Rubaiyat soon, and will likely re-visit this poem when I've had a chance to do so.

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