Saturday, October 2, 2010

In Class Essay

The famous painter Pieter Bruegel and the author William Carlos Williams had very similar if not the same exact insights on the story of Icarus. The two just expressed them in different ways. One through painting, the other throughpoem. The similarities were no one paid any attention, the farmer ploughing stood out in both the painting and the story, The painting seems as if it also spring, and they both describe Icarus drowning.  In “the story of Daedalus and Icarus” the author, Ovid described everything to the last detail. None of the other sources told us why Icarus was flying or why he was on the Island. This story states both. Icarus was on the island with his father Daedalus, who “hated Crete and his long exile there.” This quote is information that none of the other sources provided (the readers). Another example of hidden information that Ovid reveals to us is “Daedalus in envy hurled the boy head long from the high temples of Minerva.” This quote tells us Daedalus killed his nephew. Which was probably why he was exiled. W. C. Williams uses irony to entertain or make his audience think and shows that humans have no control over anything in life. In the quote “when Icarus fell it was spring”, it contains irony, because Spring is supposed to be the season of new life and to have somebody die in the spring is ironic. The author also uses personification frequently throughout the poem. For example “the edge of the sea concerned with itself.” This quote is personification because the sea doesn’t have feelings nor concerns. Another way the author used personification is when he wrote “sweating in the sun that melted the wings wax.” This quote shows personification, because wax doesn’t melt.  The author uses text in the poem that show no one or nothing care about Icarus. For example, “a farmer ploughing his field the whole pageantry.” This quote show people were down their own thing while hearing “a splash  quite unnoticed it was Icarus drowning.” 

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