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The Winding Stair: The poem Byzantium in relation to Sailing to Byzantium:

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´╗┐The Winding Stair: The poem Byzantium in relation to Sailing to Byzantium: This poem by Yeats is a continuation from his poem ?Sailing to Byzantium? in the previous collection. Byzantium, like Sailing to Byzantium deals with the problems posed by advancing age. Which marked a serious issue for Yeats and the effect of growing old was a deep issue for age quite evident in his poetry. The poem I have chosen today deals with Yeats insecurities of growing old. Yeats found the idea of bodily decay and decrepitude intolerable. ...read more.


Like all of Yeats poems, it possess a lot of metaphor's and annotations I will discuss these and how they contribute to the poem and contribute to Yeats?s feelings of the effect of the onset of old age. For my analysis of the poem today it possess a lot of metaphoric meaning, similar to Yeats?s style of writing The title of the previous poem 'Sailing to Byzantium' expresses Yeats?s idea of a voyage to perfection. In this case the voyage is to a country of the mind, firmly situated in an ideal past. ...read more.


Byzantium- ?Where blood begotten spirits come And all complexities of fury leave [?] An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve? Yeats?s only conclusion to this dark sinister topic is ?Break bitter furies of complexity Those images that yet Fresh images beget That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea? The old man in a decaying body can break free from the limitations of bodily life by letting his soul assert itself. In other words Yeats uses his mind and his spirituality to drift off as a mechanism to break free from the harness of old age. ...read more.

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