What to I need to do to write an essay in response to the assignment below?SAILING TO BYZANTIUM BY W.B YEATS.  Like " The lake of Innisfree," this poem focuses on an imaginary journey and on a...

What to I need to do to write an essay in response to the assignment below?

SAILING TO BYZANTIUM BY W.B YEATS.  Like " The lake of Innisfree," this poem focuses on an imaginary journey and on a contrast between then and there versus here and now,yet this poem deals much more directly with the subject of art and especially of poetry or song: what it might be like ,where it might come from, what it might do for us. how does this poem both pose and answer those questions?

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This prompt asks for a response that is a close reading of the poem. Specifically, the reading should be analytic rather than a mere stanza by stanza summary. Thus you should organize your response thematically rather than sequentially. It also appears that this is for a literature class in which you are reading more than one work by Yeats, and thus you should make comparative references to other poems in which Yeats explicitly discusses the nature of poetry -- "Lapis Lazuli", "Among School Children", "When You Are Old ...``

First, you might contrast the goals of the journey. Both Innisfree and Byzantium are real places, but one is Irish, one in modern Turkey, one is rural the other urban, etc. How would these differ as environments for artistic creation?

Why must the poet make the journey? What is the poet leaving or escaping? Why is the situation the poet is escaping from inimical to artistic creation?

What are the imagined differences between the audiences of the two poems?

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