John Hatcher: On "O Daedalus, Fly Away Home"
In 'O Daedalus, Fly Away Home’ a Georgia slave clings to his remembrances of Africa and recalls a myth of his 'gran' who 'spread his arms and/ flew away home'.
The poem literally portrays a slave's nostalgia for his homeland. Symbolically Hayden's combining of Greek and African myth employs an image of flight, which becomes in several later poems a figurative expression of a spiritual condition. More specifically flight becomes in Hayden's poetry a symbol of spiritual transcendence and detachment. Significantly, this image of flight is here contemplated during the nighttime.
|Title||John Hatcher: On "O Daedalus, Fly Away Home"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||John Hatcher||Criticism Target||Robert Hayden|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||15 Jun 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||From the Auroral Darkness: The Life and Poetry of Robert Hayden|
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