Saturday, January 11, 2020


Read "Song" at The Eldritch Dark:

This short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) has some interesting parallel phrases between the first and second stanzas.  In the first stanza, we have:

  • my weariness
  • My bitter dreams

In the second stanza, the parallel phrases are:

  • my weary pain
  • my dreams are fain

The transition from "My bitter dreams" to "my dreams are fain" matches the positive transition in mood from the first to the second stanza, and I like the way CAS subtly captures that transition with small but significant shifts in diction.

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