Friday, August 29, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poem of the Day for August 29, 2014 is "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams, Poet of the Month.  The poem was taken from Williams' Collected Poems:  1939 - 1962, Volume II.  The text of the poem may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/landscape-fall-icarus.  A brief biography of Williams and references may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-songs-of-eretz-poet-of-month-for.html.

"Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" is an ekphrastic poem after Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting of the same title (pictured).  Note that Williams explains what is prominent in the painting and, sadly, what is not--the death of Icarus, splashing into the sea unnoticed.  Williams, who did not achieve much fame as a poet until the last few years of his life, no doubt feared that his own passing and his poetry would suffer a similar fate http://www.bouwman.com/netherlands/Landscape.html.

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