Byzantium | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James A. Notopoulos

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Byzantium.
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Critical Essay by James A. Notopoulos

SOURCE: “‘Sailing to Byzantium’,” in Classical Journal, Vol. 41, No. 2, November, 1945, pp. 78-79.

In the following essay, Notopoulos investigates the sources for the imagery found in “Sailing to Byzantium.”

W. B. Yeats', “Sailing to Byzantium,” one of his best poems, is also a noteworthy Platonic lyric.1 The contrast in the poem between the “sensual music” and the “monuments of unageing intellect” is the mature expression of a Platonic mood, shaped and given impetus to expression by Yeats' interest in Plato and Plotinus, his friendship with Stephen MacKenna, and his study and admiration of MacKenna's great translation of Plotinus.2 In his desire to be gathered into the “artifice of eternity” and in his construction...

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