The Fall of Icarus

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Icarus Icarus was an ancient Greek god His father was Daedalus, an artificer, or artist Daedalus gave Icarus wings made of wax so he could fly
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Icarus’ father warned him not to fly too close to the sun, or the heat from the sun would melt the wax in the wings and he would fall. Icarus began to fly around the world, and the feeling of soaring in the sky was so exhilarating that he forgot his father’s advice and began to soar closer and closer to the sun.
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The closer Icarus got to the sun, the warmer the wax became. Soon his wings began to melt. His wings were quickly gone. Icarus fell to his death into the sea.
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Musee Des Beaux Arts By W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
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Unformatted text preview: On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturers horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. In Bruegels Icarus , for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on. This powerpoint was kindly donated to www.worldofteaching.com http://www.worldofteaching.com is home to over a thousand powerpoints submitted by teachers. This is a completely free site and requires no registration. Please visit and I hope it will help in your teaching....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Davehoyt during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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