Tragic fall of Icarus--compares the myth and how it relates to 'Musee des Beaux Arts,' Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,' and 'Waiting for Icarus.'
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The Tragic Death of Icarus
The story of Icarus is a classic Greek myth that has fascinated people all over the world. The tale of his demise has been retold many times throughout history. The myth has been honored in art, songs, poetry and by literature artists, with one apparently inspiring the other to explore the tale in one different approach or another. Three of the most appealing of these versions of the tale of Icarus can be found in the poems "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W. H. Auden, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by W. C. Williams, and "Waiting for Icarus" by Muriel Rukeyser. Even though the three poems talk about Icarus 's fall, each covers it in a different way. "Musee des Beaux Arts" and "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus"…show more content…
Birth and death must occur simultaneously; otherwise, there will be no continuity.
Muriel Rukeyser, in "Waiting for Icarus" makes no apparent connection with Breughel 's painting. Indeed, while the painting and works of the previous two poets convey a sense of
obliviousness to the fact that a boy has just died, in "Waiting for Icarus," Rukeyser considers the event from a more personal and emotional perspective. This poem concentrates abandonment, and everything comes to an end. A woman tells a story about her relationship with a man whom she loves and anticipates his return, a man who promises her so many things. He puts her trust in him and waits for him, only to find out her lover is man of words not deed, for none of his promises are fulfilled. He promises her that he will be back and that their relationship is going to work out for the best. He asks her to wait for his return at the beach and not to cry. She waits for him, but he abandons her; she finds out that everything in life has an end. The day ends with the arrival of night. When there is life, death will always follow. Her love story ends with Icarus 's death, broken promises, regret, and heartbreak.
Rukeyser, in "Waiting for Icarus," conveys emotion and sensitivity that is also alluded to by W. H. Auden and W. C. Williams in their wonderment at why the world has not noticed Icarus in "Musee des Beaux Art," and "Landscape with the fall of Icarus." However, Rukeyser 's poem portrays love, anticipation,