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    Eventually Become Old (An analysis of “Sailing to Byzantium”) “Great poetry is best complemented with great analysis. Some of the greatest commentators of our time have been able to transfigure readers into reading poetry English-language poetry in both deeper and broader senses” (Gursoy). Sailing to Byzantium is a great poem that is easy to relate to. The ideas that are expressed through W. B. Yeats are clear and well put together together in order to create a direct message to take away. Yeats

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    Not a Country for the Old (A discussion on three messages from Yeats Sailing to Byzantium.) William Butler Yeats was a poet of the twentieth century, a time of change with world wars, revolutions, technology change, and much more. William Yeats is considered the most important poet of the twentieth century. “The Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was perhaps the greatest poet of the 20th century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923 and was the leader of the

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    is for young people and that old people are just around, watching as the younger generation makes the world the way it is. Sailing To Byzantium is one of the more well-known poems that point out that as you get older, a person begins to realize what is actually going on and that the world isn’t really meant for the old and more so the young. In the poem, Sailing To Byzantium, the three messages that were the most pointed out is wisdom comes with age, the world is for the young and

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    Sailing to Byzantium W.B. Yeats’ poem “Sailing to Byzantium” presents his concerned about the progression of time and how someone can become eternal. Yeats lived from 1865 to 1939; so this poem, which was composed in 1926 at age 60, which reflects his fear about aging and becoming immaterial. The narrator of this poem seems concerned with the idea of the human condition, “that we are born, we live, and then we die”. The narrator seeks out a place where he will be able to join the monuments of history

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    personal, always one man's vision of the world, one man's experience” (W.B. Yeats n.d.). Such perspicacity is evident in the works of William Butler Yeats, whose poetry reflects his fascination with mysticism and the days of yore. The poem “Sailing the Byzantium” illustrates how William Butler Yeats use of artistic diction and symbolism reveals the parallels between ancient civilization and the cycle of life and communicates the dual themes of obsolescence and perpetuity. Yeats’ elegy, details a

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    vision of the world, one man's experience” (W.B. Yeats n.d.). Such perspicacity is evident in the works of William Butler Yeats, whose collection of poetry, The Tower, reflects his fascination with mysticism and the days of yore. The poem “Sailing the Byzantium” illustrates how William Butler Yeats use of artistic diction and symbolism reveals the parallels of ancient civilization and the cycle of life and communicates the dual themes of obsolescence and perpetuity. Yeats’ elegy, details a metaphoric

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    Tone and Mood in "Sailing to Byzantium" Images How do the images listed on the left influence the tone or mood of this poem? Consider the author’s attitude towards the physical body, aging, and nature as opposed to his position on intellect, art, immortalization, and artificiality. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees —Those dying generations—at their song, This section of the poem is one that gives a very sad and depressing tone. The section states that death is inevitable and everyone

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    “Sailing to Byzantium” represents a metaphorical journey from the material world to an eternal world; there is a spiritual quest in the poem. The poet desires to go to Byzantium, which is symbolic of the world of spirituality, art and culture. There is a contrast between the two types of life in the poem i.e. the physical life (material) and spiritual life. The materialistic and temporary has been represented by the younger generation who is busy enjoying the sensual pleasure and is embroiled in

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    William B. Yeats', "Sailing to Byzantium" and John Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn" deal with the themes of art, nature, and spirit. Each poem is rich in symbolism and imagery, which help the fabric of the poems' mood of the setting. This specific idea puts light on the time of life inside of human progress. Both poems are examples of art containing much imagination and romantic lyricism. The works of W. B. Yeats and John Keats are interestingly comparable in style and idea. Both depend intensely

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    about the future, at least to some degree. This idea also encompasses the belief that human beings must have a purpose in order to live, no matter how insignificant, and is expressed in Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road and W.B. Yeats’ poem Sailing to Byzantium, though in very different ways. On the surface, it appears as though McCarthy places little emphasis on the character’s future; in the dismal, barren wasteland in which The Road is set, the characters can scarcely differentiate one day from

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