Scorpio Poems

This post was inspired by a small note I read a few days ago. One of my friends loves poetry and wrote some parts of a poem by Sylvia Plath and mentioned that she is Scorpio. A moment of enlightenment for me: Scorpio, chance to read a biography and something nice to share with my readers. You need to know that besides astrology, I am also fond of biographies and I read as many as I can. The fact that you can actually imagine somebody’s real life, go thorough the same hardship, discover some history and learn from his or her mistakes: brilliant!

In the post, I have suggested a link between the life and work of these 3 poets and the Scorpio feel. The 3 poets I chose have the Sun in Scorpio and their poems or their lives reveal an attribute of Scorpio. This is just an imagination exercise so please take this with a grain of salt.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is the first Scorpio on the list and marks the title of the post. I think it reveals the creativity and madness of her work and of Scorpio people. She was born on the 27th of October 1932 and she was one of the most dynamic poets of the 20th century. This Scorpio woman was described as “one of the most celebrated and controversial of postwar poets writing in English.” She was loved and despised by the public and I think she created this mystery Scorpionic aura.  She was self-absorbed and in her poetry we can feel all her struggles, all her anguish, all her violent emotions and the way she looks at death. They say Scorpio has a deep connection with the idea of death, of rebirth and transformation. All her poetry can be somehow associated with these concepts. I loved a quote about her and her work: “At her brutal best—and Plath is a brutal poet—she taps a source of power that transforms her poetic voice into a raving avenger of womanhood and innocence.” Thomas McClanahan.

Scorpio can show brutal force in everything it does as they give a sensation of power and intensity. You can feel a Scorpio in a room as they can scrutinize you with their deep looks. I chose the below poem by Sylvia Plath to show all of you how passion can transform words, by a Scorpio.

Mad Girls Love Song

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunder bird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound was another Scorpio, born on the 30th of October 1885. He represents the force of a man born with a Scorpio Sun Sign. I started reading about Ezra Pound and the word that was repeated a lot of times about him was “controversial“. That means we found again a true Scorpio that finds himself with a lot of determination and a lot of intensity. A man who wants and knows he can change the world of poetry. As T.S.Eliot declared about him: “is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual.

He represented the less known qualities of Scorpio: innovation, outlandishness and eccentricity. He is known for using unconventional poetry material and innovate with a new technique. As he very well mentions  “I compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome.”

The poem I chose below represents the need of intensity and of fullness that you can always find at a Scorpio.

The days are not full enough

And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass

John Keats

Keats is a Scorpio born on the 31st of October 1795 in London. He was a wonder of this world. He died very young, at only 25 years old and he published 54 poems in 3 slim volumes. And with them, he made history. He was supposed to become a surgeon (this did not require university degree), but he became one of the greatest lyric poets of the world. His work became very well known after his death and it had a great appeal to the public. John Keats also influenced other poets. One of them is Jorge Luis Borges who mentions that the encounter with Keats Scorpio work was the most significant literary experience of his life.

He was described as having a dry ironic wit and I think this is also something very common to Scorpio people. They know how to be a little sarcastic just to let you know that they outsmarted you.

I chose this poem as I really like it and you may know it from the excellent film about Keats romance with Fanny Brawne – Bright Star. This poem gives my a sense of uncertainty and this need for a perpetuum constancy in love. I think we are all asking from love for this unbearable certainty that does not exist. I hope you enjoy reading it!

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priest like task
Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
Pillow’d upon my fair love’s ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.

Mad Girls Love Song-the Scorpio Poems!

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