After reading both W. H. Auden’s ;Musee des Beaux Arts;, and William Carlos William’s "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus," I have came to the conlusion that these two poems are much more different than they are similar.While there are some similarities, there are staggering differences in the content, as well as the format of these two poems.In my opinion, two poems that are written about the very same picture could not have more differences.
"Musee des Beaux Arts" and "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" give off two totally different vibes.The poem by William Carlos William’s treats the portrait of Icarus like it is a monumental portrait, and devotes the entire poem to the portrait.While, W. H. Auden’s "Musee des Beaux Arts" treats "The Fall of Icarus" like any other portrait that is hung up in the Museum of Fine Arts.In fact, he writes about children that are ice skating on a pond in the woods, the birth of Jesus Christ, and a horse scratching itself on a tree while on dog carries on with his regular routine, all in the same poem.Also, the poems seemed to focus on different details of the portrait.In "Musee des Beaux Arts", W. H. Auden describes the ship that was near Icarus as he plummeted into the ocean, and how it just kept sailing instead of stopping to save Icarus from drowning."Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" does not once mention anything about a ship in the ocean.Another difference between the two poems is that "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" says how the farmer ploughing his field did not notice Icarus falling from the sky and landing in the ocean.However, "Musee des Beaux Arts" disagrees and says that the farmer heard the splash from Icarus but he was too concerned with his ploughing to try and save Icarus from drowning.
Also, the writing styles that were used by W. H. Auden, and William Car