Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Landscape With The Fall of Icarus

William Carlos Williams was born September 17, 1883 in Rutherford, NJ. He wrote the poem "Landscape With The Fall of Icarus" after seeing Pieter Breughel's painting after which he named the poem (image above).

Landscape With The Fall of Icarus
by William Carlos Williams

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling

the edge of the sea
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

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