Sailing to Byzantium | Critical Essay by Jonathan Allison

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Critical Essay by Jonathan Allison

SOURCE: “The Last Line of ‘Sailing to Byzantium’: A New Source,” in Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies: Vol. VIII, edited by Richard J. Finneran and Edward Engelberg, The University of Michigan Press, 1990, pp. 319-21.

In the following essay, Allison suggests a lecture by his father, John Butler Yeats, in 1906 as a possible source for the last line of “Sailing to Byzantium.”

The source of the last line of Yeats's “Sailing to Byzantium”—“Of what is past, or passing, or to come” (P 194)—is usually attributed to Blake or Shelley, though there are also several possible sources of the line in Shakespeare's plays.1 A more recent possible source, however, may be found in a lecture delivered by John...

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