SAILING TO BYZANTIUM
- 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,…