"About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters."
This line came from "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W H Auden. Here is a link to a reading on YouTube and another to the words.
This was one of those lines that offers more than one way to think about it. One is to think of the kind of person who is never wrong about suffering, another is to think of the nature of suffering, or who the Old Masters are. Upon reading the poem we are impressed with another lesson; with the depiction of ordinary life going on even while something both amazing and tragic is happening.
Mind you, some people would remind us that the ordinary life that goes on while Icarus is falling out of the sky is that of commerce, the ship is a merchant ship. Money still has to be made.
The new line:
"The nightmare LIFE IN DEATH was she,"