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Sailing to Byzantium

Critical appreciation of Yeats' '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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What is the theme and the tone of the poem "Sailing to Byzantium"?

In "Sailing to Byzantium," the aged speaker, "a tattered coat upon a stick," explores mortality. Like Keats in "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Yeats contrasts works of art that last through time to the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 8:42 pm UTC

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What picture is created by the use of the word "tattered" in the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by W.B. Yeats?

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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In "Sailing to Byzantium," how are themes of mortality and immortality developed?

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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How does Yeats use diction and literary devices in the poem "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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In “Sailing to Byzantium,” what does the speaker want to become? What does it (the being) signify?

"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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In "Sailing to Byzantium," what does the word "artifice" mean in the phrase "The artifice of eternity"?

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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Discuss old age in William Butler Yeats' poem "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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Discuss the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" as a spiritual journey toward perfection and immortality.

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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How would you characterize the speaker?

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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How are nature, and by association the natural world, depicted in Yeats's poem "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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Describe the criticism of modern life in the first stanza of "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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Comment on the theme of art in "Sailing to Byzanitum."

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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What is the thesis of the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats?  

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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How do these lines from "Sailing to Byzantium" scan in terms of meter and rhyme scheme? Consume my heart away; sick...

The rhyme scheme of "Sailing to Byzantium" is consistent throughout and the meter is predominantly iambic pentameter. The fact that there may be deviations from strict iambic pentameter is not...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2015 5:17 pm UTC

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What are the various meaning of Byzantium in "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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What are the 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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Please give me the general meaning of "Sailing to Byzantium" by the poet W.B. Yeats.

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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Scan the following lines from William Butler Yeats's poem "Sailing to Byzantium." Indicate the rhyme scheme....

The lines you refer to appear in the third stanza of Yeats's poem. All of "Sailing to Byzantium" is written in ottava rima, a meter of Italian origin that translates to the "eight-line rhyme"...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 5:17 pm UTC

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How is the theme of decay expressed in the poem "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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How does the speaker seek to rejuvenate himself through art in "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats?

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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Why is the emperor called drowsy?

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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What is bothering the speaker at the beginning of “Sailing to Byzantium”? How does he solve this problem? What does...

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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How is the theme of art conveyed in the poem?

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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Could you please help me to know the deep or even the surface meaning of the poem "Sailing to Byzantium" by William...

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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Could you show a comparative analysis on Yeats's poem and Robert Silverberg's novella 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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What do I need to do to write an essay in response to the assignment below? "SAILING TO BYZANTIUM" BY W.B YEATS. ...

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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