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In Mythology Icarus falls to a wet death when he flies to close to the sun and melts his wings but maybe he didnt actually die The poem Icarus by Edward Field takes a look at the latter side of the story Icarus becomes That nice Mr Hicks losing his true identity Each person connects their being to their name one would feel empty without it It is the first thing a baby hears what students and adults write on all of their own documents and the one word that can make any person to whom it belongs head turn Certainly Icarus felt himself to be nobody after he was no longer called by his name Icarus now has sad defeated eyes They once compelled the sun and this boring life he now leads saddens him Personally I would have told everyone I could find that it was me Icarus and I was alive and well Icarus on the other hand knows that this would only inspire uncomprehending stares Because he knows this Icarus is not well Icarus thought himself to be a hero when he flew and it is unbelievable that he would fall to his present position The poem poses the question-Can the genius of the hero fall To the middling stature of the merely talented Surely Icarus feels lessened by having to live this standard life Nightly Icarus probes his wound not as a habit but to remind himself of his situation He cannot believe it is true he must poke to prove to himself that life will not go back to normal The last line demonstrates Icarus feelings in a most serious manner saying And wished he had drowned He did not want to live with the knowledge that he could have been something more His father went on with life able to tell of the great journey they were both supposed to take through the bright blue sky
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