Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus

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In the poem, "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" by William Carlos Williams, the author has an optimistic attitude towards death. Instead of a mournful setting, Williams makes you see the good things that can come out of the situation.

Williams scarcely talks about Icarus' death. The first four stanzas of the poem talks about the landscape and the plowing of the field, while only the last stanza even mentions Icarus' death. No one paid much attention to his death; it was just "a splash quite unnoticed." Life should move on and should not come to a screeching halt just because a person died. Death should not need to be viewed as the end of mankind. We should be able to carry on with our daily lives.

The author views life from death. The farmer continues his plowing of the field when Icarus fell from above. The farmer plows so he can grow new crops, showing that something's end become a start of something new.

When one person passes on they make room for another person to live. This cycle continues everyday. If people didn't die then there would be an over-populated world, yet if no babies were born then the human race would slowly come to an end. Another example of this cycle are the waves. A series waves are created and come crashing into the shore, once on the shore the waves are dead, but another series of waves follow behind.

Although the poem is mostly optimistic, there is one pessimistic view of death that arise. Icarus is a very arrogant person; in fact he defied the laws of nature that any man could fly on his own. He looked down on these people thinking that he, the first and only person than can fly,