Stories can have multiple interpretations depending on who tells it and the person who reads it. In “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph,” both authors talk about the Greek myth of Icarus’ flight that led him to death because he didn’t listen to his father’s. Daedulus, orders. In “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” William Williams seemed to be hiding the tragedy of Icarus’ death. In “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph,” Anne Sexton seemed to be sarcastic when it came to Daedulus but claimed Icarus as an “innocent hero. The point of view in Williams’ poem is from the island’s inhabitants and Breughel’s. His point of view is not like a narrative because the narrator doesn’t seem to be there, which makes it into a third person’s point of view. The point of view in Sexton’s poem is from someone who is visualizing the scene, someone who was put in Icarus’ place, a concerned observer, a friend, King Minos, or even Daedulus. Her point of view is in second person point of view.
In Williams’ poem, he gives a visible image of the surroundings, which hides the true tragedy of Icarus’ death. He doesn’t really explain what happened. As he begins telling his poem, he seems to try to involve the reader, as they portray themselves as Icarus. Throughout his poem, the reader eventually “falls from the sky” and gets closer to Icarus’ death. He uses irony, personification, and alliteration throughout his poem about death. Sexton’s version it gives us an image where Icarus is a hero for his accomplishment and Daedulus is mocked for letting Icarus fly.
She says that Icarus’ death showed that it is better to take risks and fail than to take the easy way out, which in this case, Icarus took a risk and failed and Daedulus took the safe way out by living safely but a boring life. She mocks him for living safely because Daedulus probably knew that there was no way that Icarus can survive and that it was a wasted chance. She calls Icarus an “innocent hero” for flying flawlessly. She uses allusion and satire to make you think as if she doesn’t care that he died. Her poem reveals how Icarus handled the chance to fly.
In “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” the tone is rather joyous, blunt, nonchalant, and airy because it is as if he didn’t really care to notice his death. When he said, “a splash quite unnoticed,” he meant that Icarus’ death went unnoticed. In “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph,” the tone sounds impassioned, expressive, cynical, sarcastic, mocking, and celebratory throughout her poem especially when she says, “See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down while his sensible daddy goes straight into town. ”
The theme of Williams’ poem is that each person lives for themselves; sometimes the pain that a person is going through goes unnoticed to the rest of us. No one really knows the pain and suffering you go through but yourself. The theme of Sexton’s poem is that sometimes it’s better to take the risks to see if you fail or succeed instead of taking the easy way out and later on, regretting that you didn’t take the chance and you should have. The structure for “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” is a free verse. There is no rhyme scheme. He uses simple grammar instead of a complex vocabulary.
The structure for “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph” is a Shakespearean sonnet. In the last two lines, she shifts her tone to a sarcastic one. Icarus’ fate is symbolized differently among the two authors. Sexton says that those who fall into conformity will never know the adventures of those who actually go out and take a chance. Having a settled fate is far worse than living on the edge and dying with great accomplishments. Williams, on the other hand, says that you live for your ownself. People only know your name, but not your story.
You only know what you’ve been through and the only one who can feel the pain and suffering you went through. The differences in these two poems include the point of view of both authors, the messages being sent to the reader, and what they portray their knowledge on, meaning what they allude to. The only similarity they both have is that they mention the Greek myth of Icarus. Icarus’ death has many interpretations according to what people believe in. In this case, the major difference in Williams’ and Sexton’s poems is that the message they convey are significantly different.