Sailing to Byzantium

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- real place but existed centuries ago - can't go there anymore.

- famous for its religious art, rich, cultural. 

- he is only sailing there - he isn't there yet.

"That is no country for old men. The young  -  In one another's arms, birds in the trees,"

that = Ireland. 

- old men = him.

- old men don't mate - young people thats all they do.

- Ireland is just about fulfilling one's desires - mating.

- caesura - makes you think - don't get the whole explanation - not a smooth beginning - sounds blunt/angry.

- young people are pairing off and birds = plural - he is alone. 

- young people are passionate/physical - like in Man and the Echo.

" - Those dying generations - at their song,  - The salmon-falls, the mackeral crowded seas,"

the young are dying - they don't know this.

- mating/ reproducing too much - crowded seas aren't good.

- salmon are superior to mackeral. 

"Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long  -  Whatever is begotten, born, and dies."

- flesh = young and fowl = birds. 

- enjambement - getting carried away.

- endless cycle of life - everyone dies.

- dies doesn't fit the rhyme (trees and seas) and so is stressed. 

"Caught in that sensual music all neglect  -  Monuments of unageing intellect."

- caught = trapped like animals - physical. 

- sensual - not necessarily good but attractive. 

- monuments = grand word.

- unageing - important because Yeats hates aging and everyone is dying but intellect is lasting.

- intellect isn't really a monument.

- they're neglecting the higher things in life - literature etc - all their doing is mating.

- physical vs. intellectual. 

"An aged man is but a paltry thing,  -  A tattered coat upon a stick, unless  - Soul clap its hands and sing,


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