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Fall of Icarus Essay

  • Submitted by: cclark9262
  • on May 18, 2009
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 781 words

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Christepher ClarkApril 3, 2009English 102-KiernanFall of Icarus This allusion to a classical myth by William Carlos Williams tells a story of what the environment was like when Icarus fell into the ocean.  The myth tells that Icarus’ father Daedalus crafted a set of wings out of wax for each of them to escape from exile.  Before they took off, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun or too close to the sea.  After they began flying Icarus became overwhelmed by his new ability and flew too high.  The sun melted the wax wings and Icarus fell into the sea where he drowned to death.  When Daedalus had realized what had happed, he decided to bury his son on an island which is now called Icaria.  The sea into which Icarus fell is also known as the Icarian Sea located between Cyclades and Asia Minor. (Icarus) This poem allows the reader to focus on the words by not having a rhyming scheme, which would make a poem such as this one sound a little too childish.  The free-verse style of narration also leaves some room for an interesting arrangement of the words.  The last line of each stanza should go with the ideas of the next stanza.  This enjambment strings the reader along the poem, until the main idea in the last two lines.  The poem has a very smooth flow and is easy to read, which instills an interest into the reader. The mood of this poem shows a paradox between life and death.  The beginning of the poem tells of spring and new life.  In the lines “…when Icarus fell it was spring” the reader can see the vast contrast between fall and spring. (Landscape)  The poem goes on to a mood that is far more melancholy in that this is a story of death.  It plays on the emotions of humanity, in that when a person dies the world should not be so happy and full of life.   This poem is also very appealing to the reader’s senses.  The line “awake tingling” reminds us of the feeling of spring air and how it smells good. (Landscape)  When Williams writes about “the edge...

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