Monday, May 18, 2020
Read "A Fable" at The Eldritch Dark:
This poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was published in Weird Tales magazine in 1927, an early appearance in what would become a major market for his creative output in the coming years.
The poem's narrative of a chance discovery of something ancient and magical that will unleash dark forces is told with economy, and a pattern of cascading end rhymes accentuates the slower reading pace natural to the long lines.
Compared to other poems from CAS that I have read recently, such as "Canticle" and "Fantaisie D'antan" the extended line metrics of "A Fable" play much better to CAS' strengths as a writer, and this poem is a welcome return to form.