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Sailing to Byzantium

The theme of the poem “Sailing to Byzantium,” broadly speaking, is old age, but the speaker is a man who has acquired considerable wisdom and perceptiveness as a result of his long years on earth,...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2021, 10:42 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

One of Yeats’s most admired poems, 'Sailing to Byzantium' explores the poet’s search for spiritual and mystical renewal, imaged as a journey to the ancient city of Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul)....

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The classic poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats tells of a man's journey from a country of the young, in which old people are not welcome, toward a holy city called Byzantium. In...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Here is the text of the poem: That is no country for old men. The youngIn one another's arms, birds in the trees- Those dying generations - at their song,The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011, 10:26 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats published "Sailing to Byzantium" in The Tower (1928), at a time when he himself was facing old age and illness, and four years after he had left his native Ireland on a trip to Italy to view...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2009, 12:03 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The words "a tattered coat upon a stick" suggest a scarecrow. The coat is worn out, and it will become more tattered as it hangs in a field in all kinds of weather. The coat is hanging on a stick...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2014, 10:00 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The diction Yeats uses in this poem is definitely elevated and reminiscent of courtly, literary, and religious speech. He uses series of three to give a sense of authority and all-encompassing...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 6:13 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

In "Sailing to Byzantium," the theme of art is conveyed through the speaker's desire to be turned into a mechanical golden bird who can sing at the royal court of ancient Byzantium. The speaker...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats depicts nature and the natural world in "Sailing to Byzantium" as representative of the temporal condition of all living things. For Yeats, the natural world is a reflection of the reality...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2015, 8:26 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

"Sailing to Byzantium" is a poem of old age. The elderly speaker feels his powers waning, his life force draining away, and so yearns to travel to a distant land for spiritual refreshment. This...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The "artifice of eternity" is the beautiful mechanical bird the speaker would like to become. In the phrase "artifice if eternity", the word "artifice" means an artificial mechanism. The speaker is...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019, 2:58 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

In this poem the speaker expresses a powerful longing to retreat from modern life and the younger generation, among which, as an ageing man, he feels he has no place. He thus imagines a journey to...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2013, 12:43 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The rhyme scheme of these four lines from "Sailing to Byzantium" is a simple ABCC, though the rhyme scheme of the whole stanza of which these four lines are part is ABABABCC. For the purpose of...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021, 1:00 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats's visions of the holy city in "Sailing to Byzantium" and "Byzantium" clearly overlap, but the difference between them is that of anticipated ideal and magnificent but flawed reality. "Sailing...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2021, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

When the speaker says he wishes to be "set upon a golden bough to sing," he is talking about his desire to be a mechanical bird. All through the poem, the elderly speaker has been lamenting his...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2021, 2:48 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

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...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The speaker is old and weary. He wishes to escape from the material world, in which he can no longer live a meaningful existence, and ascend to a higher, more spiritual plane. Byzantium represents...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018, 5:43 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The speaker, presumably Yeats himself, is regretting that he is too old to make love! He does not, by any means, disapprove of those who still can and do make love -- "The young in one another's...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2014, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

William Butler Yeats's “Sailing to Byzantium” begins with a lament. The speaker is an old man (as was Yeats when he wrote the poem), and he senses that his country no longer has a place for him....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

I believe that this question might be asking about a central theme to the poem rather than a thesis; however, I will try to answer based on the poem having a supposed thesis. A thesis is an...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019, 11:33 pm (UTC)

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The emperor is a human being who is being contrasted to Yeats's vision of becoming an immortal golden bird, a mechanical work of art. Because the emperor is human, he will experience such human...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017, 4:15 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

In the poem "Sailing to Byzantium," Yeats describes the natural world as "no country for old men." It is a fertile place, full of birds and crowded with salmon and mackerel, but also a land where...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2017, 7:33 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

The speaker in this poem by W.B. Yeats is, we may infer from the opening line, an old man, concerned that, in his old age, he has become "but a paltry thing." He feels that to be old is to be...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Yeats wrote "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" in 1890 and "Sailing to Byzantium" in 1928. The dates are significant: the first poem represents a young man's desire to escape from the pressures of busy...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017, 12:05 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

This poem is so complex that several approaches can be taken all tending toward adding additional understanding of the meaning of the poem. In other words, the more Answers, the merrier! Your...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013, 6:52 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

In the poem "Sailing to Byzantium," decay is expressed through the mortality of humans. The speaker ponders the decaying and aging of human flesh compared to the ways in which one can figuratively...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Though it is of course a matter of interpretation, if you follow the general bent of the poem, it would appear that Byzantium is a place where age is not as important, where things are permanent...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2010, 2:57 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Silverberg's award-winning novella is based on Yeats's poem of the same name and quotes from it. Both works share similarities: each evokes mystically beautiful and idealized places from another...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019, 12:07 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

Reader response is a type of critical literary interpretation that ignores author intentions as unknown or even unknowable and emphasizes the "I" of the reader, without whom no literature can ever...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2010, 4:07 am (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

In William Butler Yeats's poem "Sailing to Byzantium," the place of Byzantium holds the meaning of metaphorical immortality, intellectualism, and artistic pursuit. The speaker in the poem laments...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Sailing to Byzantium

There are many symbols in this poem that you could choose, but the city of Byzantium itself is a good one. This city represents something magical in the poem. The poet travels there because he is...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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