Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Sunset

Read "A Sunset" at The Eldritch Dark:


This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was originally written in French as "Un Couchant", and represented CAS' first complete poem written in a language other than his native English.  

The English version is considerably less lush in description than is typical of CAS' poetry:

The shadows of night, beyond the water,
Nest without noise in the cypress
With the tired and heavy raven.

The impressionistic nature of the language makes for a much different reading experience than one usually gets from CAS' poetry, but it is certainly not unrewarding, and represents an interesting new phase in the author's creative growth.

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