Sunday, January 10, 2021

The Monacle

Read "The Monacle" at The Eldritch Dark:

This haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) would appear to be closely related to "The Sciapod", another haiku from CAS that I blogged about yesterday.  Although the word "monacle" is obscure, the poem itself appears to describe a monopod, the mythological creature with a single leg ending in a single oversize foot.

The closing line "In lands of wonder" is simple but hugely evocative, encompassing the immense territory of legend and fable, ending this short poem with a suggestion of the unlimited scope of the human imagination.

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