Never miss a post
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries


« W(h)ales Messaging, by Amy Holman | Main | Good-bye, Liz (1932-2011) »

March 22, 2011


Much as it pleases me to see astrological discussion take place outside the ghetto of astroblogging, I have some concerns about this post.

I don't understand how it is instructive to cite, as examples of the Aries character, figures that have no connection to the astronomical realities in question.

Similarly the author gave us many reasons why W. H. Auden was "Aquarian", only then to tell us he was actually a Pisces. Either explain the seeming paradox, or the discussion seems inconsequential, and undermines an interest in the subject

I believe it sheds some light to point out that the fictional character Elizabeth Bennett is quite Sagittarian in character, but only because Jane Austen was herself a Sagittarian.

Moreover, although any heroic figure might be said to partake of some Aries characteristics (say valor and force) Odysseus is particularly and importantly singled out for transcending these primitive traits, for being a man of the mean, of diplomacy and self-restraint.

I don't mean to be censorious, but I am concerned when astrology is treated with such vagueness.

Mark Shulgasser

Mark, I appreciate the close reading, and I am sure the author of the post does too, and in her defense I would say that the spirit in which it was written is more whimsical and, so to speak, irreverent in its appropriation of astrological ideas as poetic conceits. Your own comments are always valuable. -- DL

Where do these descriptions come from?

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Best American Poetry Web ad3
click image to order your copy
BAP ad
"Lively and affectionate" Publishers Weekly


I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

Click image to order


  • StatCounter