Friday, May 22, 2020


Read "Venus" at The Eldritch Dark:

This short poem from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) has an emotional authenticity that is not always present in his chillier (yet still wonderful) works rendered in a more formal, grand manner.

The association of the poem's subject with a Roman goddess is nothing highly original in the realm of romantic poetry, but CAS approaches that familiar idea with fresh invention:

But now thou hast departed, many a tear
Bedims her glory when she goes upon
The ways where thou art gone—
Westward and autumnward in silence drawn.

That closing line is indelible - it captures the essences of departure, decline, and finality with breathtaking economy of diction.  

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