Letter: Man in the Moon

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Sir: Kevin Jackson tells us ('A giant step for mankind, a tiny step for art', 21 July) that in poetry the Moon 'is always female'. But there is at least one notable exception. In Act II of Lorca's poetic drama Blood Wedding, 'the Moon enters. The Moon is a young woodcutter with a white face', and later the stage direction is 'he leaves' - to assist the old beggar woman Death in securing the mutual destruction of the Bridegroom and his rival Leonardo.

Yours faithfully,


Hampton Hill, Middlesex

24 July