Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Twilight of the Gods

Read "The Twilight of the Gods" at The Eldritch Dark:

One can only assume that Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) was experiencing a dark moment when he wrote this poem, which offers a sad commentary on the fate of classical divinity and heroism in the age of mercantilism.  

The opening line "All the satyrs have been dehorned" seems to really say it all; the rest of the poem is just a sad catalog of the extraordinary reduced to the oh so very ordinary.  Definitely not my favorite poem from CAS, and one reading is enough for me - on to the next poem!

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