William Butler Yeats | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Harry Modean Campbell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of William Butler Yeats.
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Critical Essay by Harry Modean Campbell

SOURCE: “Yeats' ‘Sailing to Byzantium’,” in Modern Language Notes, Vol. LXX, No. 8, December, 1955, pp. 585-89.

In the following essay, Campbell interprets Yeats's vision of Byzantium as an “unorthodox but devoutly religious version of the New Jerusalem.”

The numerous analyses of Yeats's “Sailing to Byzantium” seem to fall into two main groups: a minority of critics feel as does John Crowe Ransom that the poem is “more magical than religious … and its magnificence a little bit forced”1; the great majority, however, praise it highly for its perfect structure and its magnificent exaltation of art. Typical of this second group are Louis MacNeice, who says: “Yeats is still, though reluctantly, asserting the supremacy of art, art, as always...

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