Thursday, February 4, 2021

Foggy Night

Read "Foggy Night" at The Eldritch Dark:

This haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) introduces a modern touch, moving beyond the experiences of idyllic nature that are so often associated with this particular poetic form.  The presence of a prostrate inebriate prompts the action of "Hastening" on the part of the speaker, giving the poem a tone of action and movement rather than reflection and contemplation.  

I'm quite impressed with the complexity that CAS is able to convey in these three short lines, as the reader can easily interpret the speaker's feelings about the drunkard without the poet actually articulating that information.  

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