Constellation Poem

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KURT BROWN
In 1944, Kurt Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up on Long Island and in Connecticut where he attended the University of Connecticut. He then spent many years in Aspen, Colorado where he founded the Aspen Writers' Conference and edited the Aspen Anthology. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including Ontario Review, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, and Southern Poetry Review. Kurt has also edited several anthologies (published by Milkweed Editions.) Currently, he lives with his wife, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. PERSONIFICATION

Within this poem, there is plethora of personification to convey a certain statement about constellations. Brown utilizes the stars and compares them with human traits and abilities to represent these inanimate objects as people. More specifically, the poem uses personification to illustrate the characteristics of several figures in Greek mythology. A few examples are: a hit parade of celebrities

to correspond
with the season's upcoming shows:
Brown compares each season’s new constellations as a parade of celebrities. As constellations come and go, he literally refers to them as “stars” and compares them with the bodacious stars we have in Hollywood. Throughout the poem, the author continues to describe each constellation in comparison to a real-life situation that would be found in a “hit parade of celebrities.” where Cepheus glittered—

the visage of an actress
shines;
The constellation of Cepheus, according to Greek mythology, represents Cepheus, the king of Ethiopia. The visage of an actress represents the pride in an actresses face. Brown compares the glow and glitter of a star’s face with the actually constellation of stars which give off the same kind of beautiful beam. Libra morphs into the body...
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