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The Old Masters how well they understood its human position In Musee des Beaux Arts by WH Auden the Old Masters understood that people often turned a blind eye to one anothers suffering It uses an analysis of one art form paintings by another poetry to make the statement about peoples lack of interest in the suffering of others The poem explores the depth of humanities indifference to one another The Old Masters understood that death caused much suffering to those whose lives it touched Although the aged welcomed death How when the aged are reverently passionately waiting for the miraculous birth They understood that often death came to those who didnt particularly wish to die There always must be children who did not specially want it to happen skating on a pond at the edge of the wood In Peter Bruegel the Elders painting the Fall of Icarus the youthful Icarus falls out of the sky and is swept away in deaths cold embrace Peter Brueghel the Elders Landscape with the Fall of Icarus illustrates this knowledge of humans indifference to their fellow humans suffering poignantly Although the man plowing his field must have seen Icarus fall into the water he does nothing because Icaurus fall and subsequent suffering is unimportant to his life and the task at hand The plowman may have heard the splash the forsaken cry but for him it was not an important failure In the painting Icarus has already fallen from the sky into the bay You can see his pitiful pale white legs sticking up from the water in the lower right hand corner of the painting Another witness to Icarus fall from grace was the magnificent ship that was sailing on the bay The ships crewmembers do nothing to rescue Icarus The expensive delicate ship that must have seen something amazing a boy falling out of the sky had
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