William Carlos Williams: Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings’ wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

 

William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, 1962

Image: Pieter Breughel, c 1525-9 – 1569. The Fall of Icarus. c. 1560s. Oil-tempera, 29 inches x 44 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.

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Author: jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space - creator of art projects - writer on art

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