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07/05/2018

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I could have sworn that I had written a blog post about this, but it must have just been something I wrote for my English class--or maybe Art Appreciation. I love the pictures--all of them and the poem.

Those last two lines remind me of Frost's Out, Out --.

No more to build on there, and they, since they
Were not the dead one, turned to their affairs.

I think we have talked about that here before.

AMDG

I've considered "Out, out--" for this series, actually. Not sure if I would do it or not. But yeah, those last two lines are the same kind of thing, and just as good.

So, I sat down to watch the last episode of the new season of Endeavour, and it's called Icarus.

AMDG

It's funny. PBS calls it Requiem, but the name at the beginning of the show and the information on line say Icarus,

AMDG

I've been thinking that one difference in the poems (Frost/Auden) is that in the Icarus painting, not only do the people go about there own business after Icarus falls from the sky, but they have missed the glory of his flight. There is that one man in the painting looking up, but in the wrong direction. Maybe he is looking, though, for something he saw from the corner of his eye.

AMDG

No glory at all in the Frost poem as I recall. The death is just a death, with no particular significance.

Right. That is what I meant.

AMDG

May be only my imagination, but that last stanza seems to play off Matthew 5's "he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike".

Re "September 1, 1939" -- I've always thought Auden must have been somewhat ashamed of scampering off to America as war loomed in Europe. Perhaps that explains some of his disavowal of the poem.

I don't know. There's a Wikipedia page for the poem that discusses its suppression but doesn't say much about the reason.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_1,_1939

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