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Poetry and Icarus

The fateful tale of Icarus has been adapted in multiple ways in poetry and in paintings. In “Icarus”, a poem by Edward Field, a popular mythological character from long ago is transformed into the vastly different reality of a more contemporary world. Irony and figurative language are essential elements of Field’s version of the tale of Icarus, who is immersed into the twentieth century. Irony is extremely evident right when the poem begins to unfold. It starts off by mentioning the setting and the people that live within it. The line that mentions the witnesses of Icarus’s fall running off to a “gang war” is in my opinion, an ironic reversion of the roles. Field also says Icarus’s police report…