eng 336 5_13 t-analysis.docx - Palmer 1 Joseph Palmer Eng 366 Scott Cameron 13 May 2020 Analyzing Daedelus Detail Analysis The use of croomb in line 21

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Palmer 1 Joseph Palmer Eng 366 Scott Cameron 13 May, 2020 Analyzing: Daedelus Detail Analysis The use of croomb in line 21 This is clearly an onomatopoeia that references the sound a pigeon makes when nesting or at peace, considering all of the uses of birds in the poem. Thus, as it occurs in the context of describing Icarus’s ‘becoming’, that is, his growing up into whatever he wishes to be. This is contrasted with the obvious distress in the next stanza that the speaker, presumably Daedelus, has in ‘teaching him gravity’ that he feels he has time enough for. The peace which the son, presumably Icarus, feels, is fated to lead to disaster as Icaurus, having not been ‘taught gravity’, flies too high, and then dies. This croomb of peaceful becoming is starkly contrasted with the eventual outcome of the story, so much so as to be darkly ironic. The line ‘My son has birds in his head’ being repeated at the beginning and at the end of the poem This line, repeated at the end and at the start, is a segue into the idea that this is a thought- process that the speaker runs into many times, has done so before, and may again. This idea, that Icarus has birds in his head, is evocative of the story of Daedalus and Icarus' eventual
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