Ovid Banished for Good
Today, in America, we are graced with the freedom of speech. But back in the times of Ovid, such privileges were not permitted. Since writing existed, it has been used as a method for people to express ideas that would not be tolerated in other forms of speech. With poems, deep symbolism often hides the authors true feelings. But sometimes, when an author wants his message to be heard, he makes the poem, still symbolic, obvious enough for the intended receiver to understand.
One of Ovid?s most famous poems, Daedalus and Icarus, may have not only became popular because of its plot, but it may have became popular because of the symbolism behind the conspiracy. Without background information, the poem may just seem as though it is a well written fable about a man who tried to safely help his son, and himself, escape, but fell to a tragic ending. But that presumption is far from the true meaning behind the myth.
In the poem, Daedalus devises a plan to help his son,
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