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In the poem To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph Anne Sexton alludes to the flight of Icarus and Daedalus and to To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing to convey a message to a friend I think this poem was written to reassure a friend that what she did was the right thing Perhaps a father figure of the friend advised her to do something and she defied him making herself feel worried that she did the wrong thing William Butler Yeats once wrote a poem titled To a Friend Whose Work has Come to Nothing It was a poem believed to be written to reassure a friend that what she ended up doing was a noble thing even though in reality she failed her original task The title of Sextons poem is an obvious allusion to Yeats poem Sexton changed Nothing to Triumph in her title Sextons friend must have been a fellow poet to be able to catch the allusion to Yeats poem I believe she wanted her friend to know that what she did was the right thing Perhaps she compared her friend to Yeats friend Sexton wrote Think of the difference it made referring to Icarus flight She might have wanted her friend to realize a difference her defying her father made The final line of the poem has a comparably different tone than the first 13 lines The last line See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down while his sensible daddy goes straight into town seems more mocking of Daedalus flight It seems that Sexton feels that Daedalus flight was a wasted chance and was in no way adventurous She might also be comparing her friend to Icarus seeing as he too failed his initial task but accomplished something greater on a global scale I believe Sexton thought that Icarus flight was not foolish or a failure but adventurous and a
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