Essay on Analysis Of ' Musee Des Beaux Arts '

842 Words Nov 24th, 2014 4 Pages
Authors may use other literary works as a backdrop to help show a message or theme of their own works. In the works “Musee des Beaux Arts,” “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus,” and “To A Friend Whose Work has Come to Triumph,” the authors use the myth of Icarus and Daedalus as this backdrop. Auden, Williams, and Sexton use the myth of Icarus as comparisons in their poems, but for different reasons. The authors, Auden, Williams, and Sexton, allude to this myth in their poems to either show Icarus’ story in its insignificance or in its triumph. In W.H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts,” he uses the myth of Icarus to show how even though Icarus drowning in the sea may have been a great tragedy, it went unnoticed and the world carries on like nothing happened. Auden first shows how life goes on in the first stanza of his poem with the line “While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.” This line shows that people could be doing such trivial things, while another person could possibly be mourning the loss of someone. His lines about the kids and the dogs show that they are innocent and completely oblivious to the fact that someone may be suffering or dying. In the second stanza, Auden brings in the myth of Icarus by talking about the painting Icarus by Brueghel. Auden says that the farmer “may / Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, / But for him it was not an important failure.” In these lines, Auden makes the audience ask what an “important…

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