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Sailing to Byzantium

Byzantium is the name once given to what is now Istanbul. Such a place never exists; and so when
Yeats speaks of `sailing to Byzantium' he is sailing back in time. Yeats chooses to place emphasis on
the act of `sailing' to Byzantium- as if the journey…

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Sailing to Byzantium

weak; `intellect' lasts, C Consume my heart away; sick with desire taught only to
and if soul can `sing' C And fastened to a dying animal study, not sing
then they will be It knows not what it is; and gather me and be real.
saved from…

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