Byzantium | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by E. San Juan, Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 24 pages of analysis & critique of Byzantium.
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Critical Essay by E. San Juan, Jr.

SOURCE: “Yeats's ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and the Limits of Modern Literary Criticism,” in Revue des Langues Vivantes, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 5, 1972, pp. 492-507.

In the following essay, San Juan offers a reading of “Sailing to Byzantium” that underscores the thematic concerns of the poem, particularly those of transition and change.

In spite of the rigorous and systematic methods skilfully applied by critics and scholars in the interpretation of literary texts today, we have grown more sharply aware that all such methods possess intrinsic limitations. The neo-Aristotelians have of course candidly announced their pluralistic orientation in matters of theory. But in the realm of practice, the result seems far from satisfactory in elucidating the meaning of poetic form. Elder Olson's excellent analysis of Yeats's poem, its value...

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