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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 Icaruss fall each covers it in a different way Musee des Beaux Arts and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus describes how human suffering occurs at as a personal burden that only affects the influenced individual In addition they both basically let us know that life goes on In contrast Waiting for Icarus is told from a personal perspective and is about broken promises personal suffering and how it affects an individual The first two of these poems were inspired by the painting Fall of Icarus by Peter Breughel since both of them mention Breughel by name in their poems This painting therefore is vital to each of these poets descriptions of the tale of Icarus Breughels painting is central in Audens and Williams poem for it shows us that no one is concerned that Icarus is drowning The people surrounded by his death look at it as a part of their everyday life However Rukeyesers poem is not influenced by the painting and is about a person who is personally suffering because Icarus has not returned like he promised In his painting Breughel features a relaxing seaside setting where a farmer is busy tilling his field Across from him is a ship floating on top of the still water
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