Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Read "Estrangement" at The Eldritch Dark:


It seems that this poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) is a second version of the poem I read yesterday, "In Autumn".  Some of the lines from that poem show up verbatim in "Estrangement", making me suspect that the first poem was really a draft of this one.

And it's all to the good, since "Estrangement" is much the superior work, with the closing stanza particularly notable for its lyric beauty:

In vain the falling leaves caress
A lute among the roses lost;
And the frail touch of petals tossed
Will leave it mute and tremorless.

The image of the musical instrument abandoned and silent speaks volumes.

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