Sailing to Byzantium
· Ottava Rima – ABABABCC. Classical structure, often used for romantic poems.
o The title of the collection from which ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ is taken is The Tower; the title may reference the Tower of Babel. This myth, originating in the Old Testament, recognises that even when people come together for good, a higher force can separate them. A combination of men built the tower, but God destroyed it because he did not like it, and then he divided up the people.
o Consume my heart away – indicates the painfulness of unrequited love?
· Life and death
o Born/dies- juxtaposition contrasts
o ---Those dying generations--- - caesura places emphasis on ‘dying’, mortality of humans is emphasised.
o That is no country for old men/ The young in one another’s arms/mackerel crowded seas/salmon falls/birds in the trees- abundance of life/youth. Contrasts with ‘those dying generations’. Almost shows a desire for death- that is no country for old men. Shows he doesn’t belong- better dead?
o Gather me into the artifice of eternity/ I shall never take my bodily form from any natural thing - desire to be immortal, no longer live in a body but be a work of art
o Fastened to a dying animal- negative portrayal of…