Please explain Yeats' use of myths in "Sailing to Byzantium" and "Byzantium."

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Yeats's "Byzantium" was written some years after "Sailing to Byzantium " in an attempt to clarify the earlier poem. While "Sailing to Byzantium" uses allusions (such as to the sages) to give the impression that it is set vaguely in the ancient world during the heyday of the great city of Byzantium, it does not use myth directly. We could argue that there are allusions to mythological concepts—the speaker, an old man, is no longer part of the world he...

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