Prof: Mr. McKenzie
EN COMP II
Essay: Final Writing Project Final Draft
May 3, 2013
William Carlos William “Landscape with the fall of Icarus”
The poem tells a story of Icarus’ fall and includes many contextual details. “Sweating in the sun that melted the wings’ wax” From the beginning of the poem, the reader is involved with Icarus’ flight through the sky. Williams tells us of Icarus’ fall and includes many contextual details. “Sweating in the sun that melted the wings’ wax” As the reader gets further and further into the story, he or she is falling from the sky and getting closer to the death of Icarus.
Williams creates a vivid image of the surrounding landscape. This takes away from the seemingly tragic death of Icarus, and overrides it with something as average as landscape. Williams describes the landscape and surrounding community as “awake tingling” which is ironic the poem is supposed to be about death. Throughout the entire poem, Williams is “painting a picture” for the reader and illuminates the natural world. Strangely enough, the last line is “this was Icarus drowning”.
The death of Icarus goes almost unnoticed and doesn’t get as much attention as the surrounding landscape and activity. Williams writes that the world which Icarus falls to is “concerned with itself”. The figures on land feel indifferent about this tragedy. Every single human being lives for them self. Sometimes, the pain and tragedy one person is facing goes unnoticed to the rest of the world.
Every single human being lives for them self. Sometimes, the pain and tragedy one person is facing goes unnoticed to the rest of the world. Icarus’ father, Daedalus, gives him wings. The feathers of the wings were made out of wax. Daedalus warns Icarus not to fly too close to the sun. Disobeying his father, Icarus flew towards the sun, melted his wings, and fell into the sea below and drowned. Bruegel’s genre and landscape scenes displayed honest depictions...