William Carlos Williams: “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”

de val van icarus

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

the edge of the sea
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings’ wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

William Carlos Williams
(part II of Pictures from Brueghel)


Image:   De Val van Icarus by Pieter Brueghel  de Oude (oil, 1558)


~ by matt on 11 November 2007.

2 Responses to “William Carlos Williams: “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus””

  1. […] Williams’ “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off […]

  2. […] Brueghel, a picture which inspired poems by two of the best-known 20th century poets, WH Auden and William Carlos Williams. You can adduce just about everything that differentiates the work of these two poets from the way […]

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