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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

[GBM] As horny as the Moon

G. F. Watts, Endymion, about 1869

After pouring out all of her disgust and hate against Vulcan in a whole row of stanzas, Venus, with a very 'Marinian' excuse, justifies her own ways by recalling the sexual habits of even the most innocent natural phenomenons, i.e. the light of dawn and of the moon. Usually in Greek mythology, see e.g. Helen of Troy, humans blame Venus for their love follies, but she cannot blame herself, and must adopt a different strategy. Throughout the poem Diana/Artemis, the supposedly chaste adversary of the goddess of love, is often ironically depicted as a slut.

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"Aurora, earlier than day, comes down     Eos
onto earth to hug the Athenian hunter.     Cephalus (and/or Orion)
The Moon at midnight opens the sky
to admire the Arcadian shepherd.     Pan (and/or Endymion)
So, why not me? If my desire does err,
such supreme beauty justifies my fault.     Adonis' beauty
I mean that boy, whom I see there, to
be revenge and amends to me, the wronged."