Monday, March 23, 2020

Enchanted Mirrors

Read "Enchanted Mirrors" at The Eldritch Dark:

This sonnet from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is clearly intended as an artistic manifesto: "These are enchanted mirrors that I bring, / By demons wrought from metals of the moon."

The language throughout is rich and gorgeous, but the closing sestet really packs a wallop:

Therein you shall behold unshapen dooms,
And ghoul-astounding shadows of the tombs;
Oblivion, with eyes like poppy-buds,
Or love, with blossoms plucked in Devachan,
In stillness of the santal-pillared woods;
But nevermore the moiling world of man.

It's as good an advertisement as anyone could create for CAS' body of work.

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