Sunday, February 10, 2013

Analysis of "Remembered Light" by Clark Ashton Smith

Original poem reprinted online here:  "Remembered Light" by Clark Ashton Smith
Originally read: December 5, 2012
More information about the Poet:  Clark Ashton Smith







"Ah, how reminiscent of the Romantics, the 'I' being smaller than the scene.  Memory, bigger than the self."

Some days, I wonder about my education affects my worldview.  I'm pretty sure that someone who doesn't know about the Romantics and how Clark Ashton Smith, a modernist West Coast Romantic, was thoroughly influenced by Wordsworth and Coleridge.

However, the poem is not an homage to the Romantics rather feeling the impact of loss and years going by in a natural setting.  The "I" can only exist for so long before "I beheld that larger world."

So here's the quandary I have, and I guess some regrets as a reader of poetry.  If you look at my analysis on this poem -- it's very, Academic: "extension of metaphor", "sonically", "singular and personal [representation", "Ending on a simle; mpreso, a simile referencing  something Greek (not ambrosia but)."

Looking at my analysis, I can simply say that I relate more to the poetic technique in the poem than anything else in the poem.  How should I feel when the loneliness, despair, forgetfulness, decay doesn't hit me?

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