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To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

English Sonnet analysis

Raagan Wicken

on 27 September 2012

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Transcript of To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph Anne Sexton (1928-1974) Definitions Icarus takes flight, escaping from the
labyrinth, and reaching the sun, when his wings
are melted and he plummets to the sea. Situation Icarus: son of master craftsman Daedalus. Attempted to escape labyrinth of King Minos on Crete. Ignored warning not to get too close to the sun, and his wings melted and he fell to the ocean and die. The Speaker's Attitude
Towards the Situation Labyrinth: a maze, or elaborate structure Third person onlooker
addressing a friend (Title: To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph.) Speaker Acclaiming: loud enthusiastic approving The Speaker views Icarus's flight as a success rather than a failure. This is known through the diction, which condones his flight.
"flawless moment" (line 3)
"Admire his wings!" (line 9)
"...see how casually
he glances up..." (line 10-11)
"wondrously tunneling" (line 11)
"Who cares that he fell back to the sea?" (line 12)
In this way, the tone of admiration is established. The poem is an English Sonnet. The form of the poem lends itself well to the topic because the rapidly developing stages of Icarus' flight are depicted in each different quatrain. The Form The first quatrain describes the beginning of Icarus' flight. He's a little bit cautious, "testing" his wings, but starts off strong with a "first flawless moment."
In the second quatrain, Icarus is doing well, shocking nearby birds. Icarus is "innocent" and "doing quite well."
By the third quatrain, Icarus is a sight to be seen. This section shows how admirable Icarus is and how comfortable he can fly, with diction like "casually" and "wondrously."
The final lines show how although Icarus' flight ended abruptly and dangerously, he was still successful. His father is described as "sensible" in a mocking way. Daedalus lives a boring, repetitive life while Icarus is "acclaiming" the sun. Techniques The theme is that an experience doesn't have to end well for it to be worthwhile. Icarus may have experienced trouble in the end, but his flight was admirable and worthwhile nonetheless because he did something new, risky, and exhilarating. His "sensible daddy" is looked down upon for following the non-adventurous path, going "straight into town." Theme Punctuation: Exclamation points!!!
Allusion to Icarus' flight. Debbie, Raagan, and Abby THE
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