Harriet Monroe (essay date January 1931)
SOURCE: Monroe, Harriet. “Comment: ‘Sailing To Byzantium.’” Poetry: A Magazine of Verse 37, no. 4 (January 1931): 208-13.
[In the following essay, Monroe considers ways in which she has “sailed to Byzantium” through her experiences with the theater and literature.]
“And therefore have I sailed the seas, and come To the holy city of Byzantium.”
Because I am much preoccupied, perhaps rightly, with modern poetry, I must now and then sail the seas back into the past, and find once more the holy city where great poets have built their long-enduring pyramids and towers. That city is full of voices uttering magic phrases, and some of these float...
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