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Famous Poets Born Under Each Sign

by Alex Banner

Astrology is the study of the relationship between celestial bodies and human behavior on Earth. For thousands of years, humans have been observing the sky trying to find out the answer and the relationship between planets, stars, and humans. 

From Earth’s perspective, the Sun, Moon, and every other planet moves against the backdrop of the zodiac, which is a belt of star patterns that lies along the ecliptic. The zodiac is divided into twelve equal sections known as star signs.

Astrologers are able to determine a person's character and predict their life, by erecting a birth chart and calculating the position of the planets at the exact time of that person's birth. The birth or natal chart tell can reveal all character strengths and weaknesses of an individual.

Aries (March 21 – April 20)

Ruled by Mars

Aries is a Fire sign and the first sign of the zodiac, so people born under this star sign always consider themselves as the first. They are born leaders, energetic, dynamic and optimistic individuals, with a burning desire to make things happen. Aries people are loyal, passionate and courageous, but they are also stubborn and impulsive.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was famous American poet born under the Aries sign. Frost is one of the most popular and respected American poets, widely recognized for his command of American colloquial speech as well as his realistic depiction of rural life. His works usually depicted the rural life in New England in the early twentieth century. Frost was honored many times during this lifetime, receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works and four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Taurus (April 21 – May 21)

Ruled by Venus

Taureans are very practical and extremely reliable individuals. They are sensual, ambitious and have a great eye for beauty. However, people born under the sign of Taurus can also be lazy, possessive and materialistic at times.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was one of the most famous English poets and actors. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and is known as England's national poet. His work consist of 38 plays, two long poems, 154 sonnets, and a few other verses. However, Shakespeare is most famous for his plays, which have been translated into every major language and have been performed in every country throughout the world. His famous tragedies Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Macbeth have been widely considered as some of the finest works in the English literature of all time.

Gemini (May 22 – June 21)

Ruled by Mercury

Geminis are very clever, versatile and intellectual individuals, who can be restless, superficial and tense at times. They are witty, enthusiastic, full of life and crave for accomplishing new things.

Walt Whitman

Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was a renowned American poet, journalist and essayist. Known as the father of free verse, Whitman is one of the most influential American poets of all time. His work sparked controversy in its time, especially his poetry collection named Leaves of Grass which was published in 1855.

Cancer (June 22 – July 21)

Ruled by the Moon

People born under this sign are conservative and home-loving people. They are emotional, loving, faithful, and protective, but they can also be clingy, pessimistic, and moody.

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was the pen name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973). Neruda became a famous poet when he was only 10 years old. He used to write in green ink, which was like his symbol for hope and desire. Neruda wrote in various styles, including historical epics, surrealist poems, political manifestos, erotically charged poems and prose autobiography. He is widely considered as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

Leo (July 22 – August 22)

Ruled by the Sun

Leos are warm, energetic, generous, and straightforward individuals who are driven by the desire to be loved. They love to be in the limelight and can be very impatient, headstrong, dominating and arrogant at times.

Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski (August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was a German-born American poet, short-story writer, and novelist. His writing was highly influenced by the cultural, social and economic ambiance of his home city of Los Angeles.

Bukowski is a renowned poet who wrote thousands of poems, short stories, six novels, and over sixty books and his work usually depicts the ordinary lives of poor Americans.

Virgo (August 23 – September 23)

Ruled by Mercury

Virgos are very smart, witty and well-spoken individuals who have a good understanding of human nature. They are practical, modest, reliable and analytical people. As any other sign, they also have negative traits. Gemini-born can be judgemental, conservative, fastidious and fussy.

Mary Oliver 

Mary Oliver (born on September 10, 1935) is an American poet who has won many awards including the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as "America's best-selling poet". Her poetry is grounded in memories of Ohio and her adopted home of New England. She is known for her clear observances of nature and her poems are often filled with imagery from her daily walks in nature near her home.

Libra (24 September – 23 October)

Ruled by Venus

Libras are kind, gentle and charming individuals. They are lovers of peace, harmony and beauty. However, Libras can be very superficial, laid-back, detached, and indecisive sometimes.

E. E. Cummings

Edward Estlin Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), commonly known as E. E. Cummings, was an American poet, essayist, painter, author, and playwright. His work consists of 2,900 poems, four plays, two autobiographical novels, and a number of essays, drawings, and paintings. His work is quite traditional and many of his poems are sonnets. His poetry deals with themes of nature and love and many of his poems are satirical and address social issues.

Scorpio (October 24 – November 22)

Ruled by Pluto

Scorpios are very mysterious, ambitious and strong-willed individuals. They are brave and focused and they possess what it takes to achieve their goals and dreams. The Scorpio tend to be extremely possessive, jealous, manipulative and resentful.

Sylvia Plath 

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, short-story writer and novelist. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is probably best known for her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. Plath won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for the Collected Poems in 1982.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

Ruled by Jupiter

Sagittarians are optimistic people who are always able to look at the brighter side of things. They are very kind, intellectual and straight forward people who always mean what they say. Sagittarians can be tactless, impatient at times and they find it difficult to deliver consistent performance.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was a famous American poet. Her poems are very unique and they contain short lines, slant rhyme, and unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Dickinson's poems deal with themes of death and immortality. Today Dickinson is considered to be one of the most important American poets.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

Ruled by Saturn

Those born under the sign of Capricorn are sensible, sensitive, ambitious and patient. They do not take impulsive decisions, but they will do anything to get what they want. They also tend to be very stubborn, self-centered, detached and moody.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, author, editor, and literary critic. He is considered part of the American Romantic Movement and is best known for his mysterious tales,

Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, so he is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is also credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. His work influenced literature around the world and appeared throughout popular culture in literature, films, music, and television.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)

Ruled by Uranus

Those born under the sign of Aquarius are intelligent, friendly, humanitarian and independent. But they also have flaws, so they tend to be very unpredictable, stubborn and aloof.

Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was a renowned American poet, novelist, social activist, playwright, and columnist. Hughes is one of the earliest innovators of the new literary art form called jazz poetry. He is perhaps best known as the leader of the Harlem Renaissance and because he famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue".

Pisces (February 20 – March 20)

Ruled by Jupiter and Neptune

Pisceans are extremely emotional and generous people. They are amazing friends and very kind, compassionate, imaginative and intuitive people. However, Pisceans also possess some negative traits including pessimism, laziness, and over-sensitivity.

Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American poet and novelist. He is considered a literary iconoclast and a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is well known for his method of spontaneous prose and his work covers various topics such as jazz, Catholic spirituality, Buddhism, promiscuity, drugs, travel, and poverty.