Posted at 10.05.2018
Edward Field's "Icarus, " written in 1963, is dependant on the theological misconception of Icarus and Daedalus but is set in a modern world environment. The audience can confer that the poem is related to the misconception of Icarus in the first lines, "Only the feathers floating around the hat" (1). The floating feathers belong to Icarus, and are a representation of Icarus's drowning. Details like these are necessary in the poem to help the reader know very well what Field is truly declaring. He uses the misconception of Icarus to show how the primary persona adapts from his tragic misfortunes in his mythical life to living a mediocre real life other humans. Through irony, arranging, and diction, Field illustrates the modern-day life of Icarus as residing in the role of a day to day one who lives socially neglected by mankind.
Setting plays a major role in the imagery of this poem. The setting up sets the level for Field as he exposes Icarus in complete different worlds as the first stanza mainly being referred to as his tragic fatality and the third stanza depicting his new lease of life in the " new world ". Inside the first stanza, the environment explains the myth of Icarus via a crime picture. "So the report submitted and neglected in the archives read simply, "Drowned" (6-7). This confers how others simply forgot about the young Icarus. In the 3rd stanza, the environment changes to a mediocre lifestyle that "Mr. Hicks" now lives as the hero who dropped "For the middling stature of the just talented" (20). The setting in these lines presents the carelessness that Icarus's bordering people experienced for him, as well as how "Mr. Hicks" has to adjust to his modern local people.
Field also evidently utilizes diction in his poem to portray to the reader that the poem is a contemporary adaption of the Icarus misconception. Through the use of words like "anything" and "trying" in his poem, Field provides sense that the poem is within recent time because these words weren't commonly used by the Greek in mythological times. Although he bases his poem from the Icarus misconception, Field's diction breaks away from the classical vocabulary of the Greek common myths as he runs on the more modern day use of words instead of that of electricity and heroism. For instance, when talking about Mr. Hick's frame of mind for life as, "he wishes he previously drowned. " (30) This frame of mind clearly is contrary to that of a heroic God, who might feel glorious and justified by life. Furthermore, Field uses adjectives like "those" and "that" instead of old pronouns such as "thy" and thee. " The wording of this poem greatly changes the period for which the reader detects the poem to be written in. Most of all, the wording deeply supports the transformation of Field's interpretation of the Icarus myth compared to that of the modern day Icarus as he too lives in a life without capabilities or heroism. This lack of power and heroism from the population of Icarus can even be a good example of today's society. Tragedy is still found around the world from the same selfishness and carelessness as those who disregarded Icarus many hundreds of years earlier. While Field alters the period which Icarus lives, he also alters the same tribulations society had, but still has, for its fellow visitors to demonstrate the never-ending egotism that life is definitely resided through.
Edward Field's poem intermingles with the old misconception of Icarus as well as the contemporary life of present day to portray how in the same way flawed each civilization treats itself. Both societies are apathetical toward other people's challenges as they care little to help. Tragedy and hurting is triggered do to the selfishness harbored among mankind as a whole. Many lives can be preserved by people who simply worry. From the Icarus misconception, Field signifies the irony of your god-like hero, the diverse adjustments of two different worlds, and diction that is separated by many eras in his own poem showing how the life and world of a hero falls to the life span of a man in an each day world with common, self-centered habitants.
Field, Edward. "Icarus. " Literature: An Intro to Reading and Writing. Ed. Edgar V. Roberts. 9th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2009. 999-1000.