AP Lit. 2009 Form B Essay - Essay 1 2009 Form B Question 1 The following poem written by Edward Field makes use of the Greek myth of Daedalus and

AP Lit. 2009 Form B Essay - Essay 1 2009 Form B...

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Essay 1 2009 Form B, Question 1 The following poem, written by Edward Field, makes use of the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus.* Read the poem carefully. Then write an essay in which you analyze how Field employs literary devices in adapting the Icarus myth to a contemporary setting. Icarus, a poem by Edward Field, a character from mythology is placed in a mundane reality of the modern world. The poem uses the traditional story of Icarus and Daedalus to not only rewrite the myth but to also show Icarus and his difficulty to fully assimilate into the typical routine the people around him carry out. Field uses literary devices like diction and irony to describe the disillusionment Icarus faces in the modern world, similar to the ending of the myth about Icarus’ downfall. The diction of the poem is used to keep the reader aware of the modern landscape Icarus now finds himself in. The words used are not similar to that of traditional, “older” myths like the original tale. Instead, Field employs words that are colloquial and allude to contemporary

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