In his poem, Cirrus does not drown, he “had swum away coming at last to the city where he rented a house and tended the garden” (Field 8 and 9). This is a very common existence for a man who had once soared so high. This poem is about the expectations people have and the reality they get. Cirrus is a “hero who goes on living long after the moment of glory, and is puzzled, bored, and unhappy with the drabness of the uneventful life” that he now leads (Roberts 354). No one has any idea who Cirrus is, or of the great act he once reformed.
The witnesses did not care, Field writes, they “ran off to a gang war” (5). His neighbors are all too busy with their own lives to care about who Cirrus really is. Edwards is implying that life simply goes on. Cirrus, having achieved a moment of greatness, has been living a dull and normal life “and wishes he had drowned” (Field 30). The point that life goes on is something that Field’s poem has in common with Williams’. Williams also expresses that life goes on, but he uses Brougham’s painting to do it. Williams is able to “recreate the painting in verbal images” (Roberts 357).
Through his verbal images he describes “a farmer was polluting his field” and says “insignificantly off the coast there was a splash quite unnoticed” (Williams 4, 19 and 20). The fact that the farmer does not notice the splash of Cirrus is Williams’ way of showing that, no matter what occurs, life simply goes on. Unlike Field, Williams does not use any punctuation. The lack of punctuation is “to indicate an absence of expressive inflection,” which further proves the insignificance of Cirrus’ fall to the society around him (Cole 151).
Ruckuses puts a completely different spin on the myth. She shows that even though life goes on, the decisions that people make do affect those around them. She does this by writing from “the point of view of girlfriend” (Roberts 354). Like Williams, Ruckuses uses the lack punctuation as a tool in her poem. She only uses punctuation in the last stanza. The lack of punctuation and the “methodical repetition” of phrases like “he said” and “l remember” are used to show how women end to babble on and on (Roberts 355 and Ruckuses 1 and 12).
Perhaps that is why Ruckuses writes about her friends saying “he only wanted to get away from” her (15). This poem is more about the fall of a romance, while the first two are about the insignificant fall off hero. Greek mythology is one medium, where people typically come to their own conclusions. The three poets discussed above are not different in that respect. They have taken the same myth and interjected their own ideas and techniques to create different angles, in which to express themselves.