Sailing to Byzantium | Critical Essay by Virginia Pruitt

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Sailing to Byzantium.
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Critical Essay by Virginia Pruitt

SOURCE: “Return from Byzantium: W. B. Yeats and ‘The Tower’,” in ELH: English Literary History, Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring, 1980, pp. 149-57.

In the following essay, Pruitt contends that “Sailing to Byzantium” and “The Tower” not only discuss the issue of aging, but asserts that each poem is “part of a process, that they are complements.”

A remarkable level of creative activity characterized Yeats's final decades. Indeed, T. R. Henn has suggested that there exists “no precedent in literary history for a poet who produces his greatest work between the ages of 50 and 75.”1 What was the reason for Yeats's anomalous achievement? A clue to the enigma may lie in his concurrent cultivation of aesthetic sophistication and instinctive drives. Because the...

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