This poem carries a lot of comparison. The poet, William Carlos Williams, uses a positive, bright tone, while also using a surprising, sad tone. The poem speaks of springtime drawing near, and a farmer ploughing his field. This depicts a bright, beautiful tone. One would possibly imagine the sun peaking through the clouds, or green plants thriving in the soil. It says," The year awake was tingling near"(Williams/4). This shows a peaceful tone of awakening.
Then the tone changes suddenly. The poet talks about the splash of Icarus as he fell and died in the sea. This sets an abrupt tone. Normally, spring is thought of as a time of birth or rising. When Williams introduces death into the poem, it contradicts the feeling of spring, leaving readers surprised.
It seems that Bruegel painted Landscape With the Fall of Icarus so as to focus more of the landscape of the painting than the death of Icarus. The beautiful sunset, the light reflecting of the ocean, and the mountains in the background distracts viewers from the pair of small legs reaching out of the water.
The song "Burn" from the musical Hamilton is a great alliteration for this poem. In this song, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it says,"' You have married and Icarus, he has flown too close to the sun.'" (Miranda).
The story of Icarus begins with his father, Daedalus. Daedalus was known by all as the best architect at that time. Daedalus was living in Crete, where this story is located. At that time, Crete was ruled by King Minos. King Minos was a selfish king. He wanted the perfect prison for his enemies, and went to Daedalus for answers.