The Tale of Icarus (CA, IV, 1035-71)

Zipf, Karl A., Jr

The Tale of Icarus (CA, IV, 1035-71)

Zipf, Karl A., Jr. "The Tale of Icarus (CA, IV, 1035-71)." In John Gower's Literary Transformations in the Confessio Amantis: Original Articles and Translations. Ed. Beidler, Peter G. Washington, D. C.: University Press of America, 1982, pp. 37-39. ISBN 081925962

Zipf summarizes Ovid's story of the flight of Icarus ("Metamorphoses" 8.183-235) and identifies ways that Gower alters Ovid's version in his own account in CA 4.1035-71. Gower reduces details of plot and setting, and eliminates concern with Daedalus's greatness and his grief, emphasizing instead Icarus's negligence and his ambition to rise above his station. [MA]


Gower Subjects
Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis