Comment on the theme of art in "Sailing to Byzanitum."

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This brilliant poem has clearly a lot more to say than simply the narrow focus that some critics give it concerning the themes of aging. The appeal of the speaker is to the transformative power of art and in particular the way in which art is able to express what is indescribable and to leave the self behind as it boldly strikes out towards new visions of humanity and the world.

The poem at its heart is about an old man's desire to leave the "sensual music" of Ireland which he finds so meaningless and metaphorically "sail...

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