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An Analysis of the Use of Explication in To a Friend Whose Has Come to Triumph by Anne Sexton, the Return of Icarus by David Wagoner, the New Icarus by Vassar Miller and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams
Word Count: 458
Word Count: 458
Icarus is a character in Greek myth who while flying with wings of wax and feathers made by his father attempted to escape King Minos Icarus being caught up in the glory of his flight does not heed his fathers warnings and flies too close to the sun the wax melts from his wings and he plummets into the sea and drowns This myth appears to be very straight forward and yet four poets write poems expressing four different perspectives using specific techniques Using the four poems To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph by Anne Sexton The Return of Icarus by David Wagoner The New Icarus by Vassar Miller and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams I will attempt to explore these poems use the process of explication Sextons poem gives us a retelling that takes us down to earth in its search for the reality behind the mythical tradition Her poem becomes a modern counter-myth in which the ancient story becomes the mythologized and original heroes become the modern antiheroes Sexton uses a tone irreverent toward both gods and human beings and uses a symbolism of heroism in her poem Wagoner attempts to change the story to make the myth more believable with its modern day twist In retelling this story the portrait of the father is one that has capitalized off the fame of his invention not taking a second to grieve over the loss of his son The New Icarus seems to have a religious symbolism In Millers poem according to one student the new Icarus is Christ In line 9 when the poet mentions your wreck of bone he is speaking of finding salvation through suffering This student may have come to this conclusion because line 12 says with arms flung crosswise pinioned to wooden pinions this passage makes the reader imagine a person with their arms flung wide and
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