Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dead Love

Read "Dead Love" at The Eldritch Dark:

This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was unpublished in his lifetime, and I'm not totally surprised that he chose not to include it in any of his collections of verse.  

Out of the almost four hundred poems by CAS that I have read so far, this is one of the few that is awkward in execution, particularly in the way that phrases are carried beyond line endings in a noticeably unrhythmic pattern.  It seems as though CAS forced the pacing of his words to fit the rhyme scheme, and sacrificed metrical flow in the process.

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