William Butler Yeats | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by A. Norman Jeffares

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of William Butler Yeats.
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Critical Essay by A. Norman Jeffares

SOURCE: “The Byzantine Poems of W. B. Yeats,” in Review of English Studies, Vol. 22, No. 85, January, 1946, pp. 49-52.

In the following essay, Jeffares surveys possible influences on Yeats and “Sailing to Byzantium.”

In his notes to Collected Poems1 Yeats wrote that he had warmed himself back into life by writing ‘Byzantium’ and ‘Veronica's Napkin’. The date for the poem's first emergence on to paper is given by an entry in the poet's 1930 Diary, recently published by the Cuala Press. This entry, dated 30 April, runs:

Subject for a poem … Describe Byzantium as it is in the system towards the end of the first Christian millenium. A walking mummy, flames at the street corners where the soul is purified, birds of hammered gold singing in...

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