Sailing to Byzantium | Critical Essay by William H. O'Donnell

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Sailing to Byzantium.
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Critical Essay by William H. O'Donnell

SOURCE: O'Donnell, William H. “Poems 1922-1926: ‘Sailing to Byzantium.’” In The Poetry of William Butler Yeats: An Introduction, pp. 89-92. New York: The Ungar Publishing Company, 1986.

In the following essay, O'Donnell considers “Sailing to Byzantium” as an attempt at escaping the decay of aging—the impermanence of mortal life—through a separate world of art.

In “A Prayer for my Daughter” Yeats was concerned with physical threats from storm and warfare as well as cultural threats from the deterioration of traditional, aristocratic values. Those external threats continue to be an important concern in the poems that Yeats wrote in the mid-1920s, but his range of topics expanded to include old age and bodily decrepitude. The resulting collection of poems...

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