Sailing To Byzantium Poem Analysis

Improved Essays
‘Sailing to Byzantium’ is first published in 1928 as part of Yeast’s collection and it contains four stanzas. The poem ‘sailing to Byzantium’ is mainly about different between art and ordinary life. In the poem poet transform himself into work of art and he explores his thought and musing on how immortality art and the human spirit may converge. The poem ‘Sailing to Byzantium’in particular is its rich symbolism. Symbols are essentially words which are not merely connotative but also suggestive, evocative and emotive. The nature, a gyre and golden birds are some symbolism which because of preordained energies or because of long association evokes emotion. 

In the yeast poem ‘sailing to Byzantium’ poet use nature as symbolism of youth because
…show more content…
Yeast use golden birds as symbolism of justice and perfection because of preordained energies as color of the gold signifies a lots at first color of gold signifies a success, achievement and gold if generous and giving compassionate and gold is also symbolism of sharing the wisdom and knowledge with other. Since color of the gold in yellow it is also symbolism of winner. Symbolism of birds is freedom they can walk on the earth and swim in the sea as humans do but they also have the ability to soar into sky. Birds are free to roam to earth and the sky and they are considering as link between heaven and earth. In the poem yeast imagine himself transform into work of arts that is in form of a golden birds. “Of hammered gold and gold …show more content…
As poet feel that golden birds are perfection and they are beyond the decay and death, there for he will be unlike dying generations.
Once he became golden bird he doesn’t have to worry about anything, the world of the golden bird will be perfect. As golden bird he will appear to be singing song all the time to audience of lord and ladies of Byzantium. 

The historical context, unlike in yeast other poems such as ‘Easter 1916 ’,has not much significances in understanding the poem ‘sailing to Byzantium’. The forms are associated through long association and preordained energies thus reader can understand it more or less.  The only important context needs is the knowledge about the city of ‘Byzantium’. 

The main idea of this essay is about the symbolism such as nature, perne of gyre and golden birds either because of their preordained energies or because of long association, evoke emotion as mention in above essay.

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    This indicates love for past which is another characteristic of Romanticism. Thirdly, Samuel Taylor Coleridge is an English poet, literary critic, philosopher who is one of the founders of Romantic Movement. Coleridge not only has developed a lot of themes and ides that are important in British Romanticism but he also have pushed the writing of poetry into new directions. Samuel Taylor Coleridge revolutionized the concept of nature and how nature is reflected in one’s imagination in “Kubla Khan.” In the lines: “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to…

    • 926 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    In the first few lines of the poem Keats writes, “A thing of beauty is a/ joy forever/ Its loveliness increases, it will never/ Pass into nothingness,” (1-4). With this he is simply yet poetically saying that there is a strong direct relationship between a beautiful thing and joy. The beauty will never diminish and it only grows stronger with time. This also means that he believes there to be a difference between something with a distinct/independent existence and actual objects of beauty. The regular entities only linger for a short amount of time in one’s memories, whereas things of beauty cease to…

    • 1277 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Icarus Poetry Analysis

    • 842 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Sexton uses the myth of Icarus in a positive way. She shows that what he did was a great and brave thing, the opposite of what Williams and Auden use the myth as. The message of Sexton’s poem is to take risks. Her poem tells the audience that it is better to take risks like Icarus than to not take any risks at all. Taking risks gives one the chance to be great and remembered like Icarus as Sexton states in her final line: “See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging down / while his sensible daddy goes straight into town.” Sexton shows Icarus as great and being remembered for risking everything, while his father does not take any risks and goes straight into town…

    • 842 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The importance of dreams throughout ‘The Great Enigma’ by Tomas Tranströmer. ‘The Great Enigma’, written by Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, features a diverse range of poetry and prose accumulated over his lifespan. ‘The Great Enigma’ regularly deals with abstract concepts such as social interaction, consciousness, life and death. In order to communicate these concepts, Tranströmer utilises numerous techniques, recurring motifs and symbols. This essay will examine the importance of dreams throughout ‘The Great Enigma’ using a small selection of poems.…

    • 1411 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    “Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same” by Robert Frost is a sonnet that describes and compares the voice of someone he admires to the sounds of the birds and the way their sound travels. An initial inference before reading this sonnet reveals itself in the title. Frost reveals that there will be a change in the birds’ song –it will never be the same. In order to understand the change that will occur in this sonnet, it is important to understand the entirety of the sonnet—the theme, sound pattern, rhyme, and sense. In general, this sonnet is about the positive impact a loved one leaves on their surroundings as told by someone who admires her deeply.…

    • 1285 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “Courtly Love” In Sonnet 18, the writer describes how the person he is talking to is more temperate and fair than the beauty he sees in nature. And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; And every fair from fair sometime declines, The writer concludes that the beauty of the person he’s talking to is not so fleeting because it will live as long as there are people to read this sonnet. His beloved’s beauty last longer than nature because it is immortalised in the verse. This lifts her to a goddess-like status. So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,…

    • 1183 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    But, Coleridge’s poem is also celebrating the nightingale’s ability to bring the night and day together. Whilst its song is confined to the night, the meaning that song creates for the individual can be carried into the day. When he describes the uninhabited castle, he says that he ‘never elsewhere in one place I knew | so many nightingales’[C:54-5]. The song of these nightingales stirs the ‘air with such an harmony |that should you close your eyes, you might almost |forget it was not day’[C:61-3] showing that their song is not lamenting the day but bringing it into the…

    • 1249 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Through restraint of human nature, the World State has accomplished constant happiness. This happiness has resulted in a number of other beneficial effects, most importantly purity: “in the past you couple only accomplish these things by making a great effort… Anyone can be virtuous now” (Huxley 204). The World State has provided its citizens with the right to be literally free of human unpleasantries. Through this, the World State has already won - nothing can trump a society where everyone is happy and everyone is perfect. John protests the cost of this perfection, saying “the tears are necessary… that’s just like you.…

    • 1040 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Themes In Zorba The Greek

    • 1471 Words
    • 6 Pages

    In the novel birds are used to large extent like the insects to symbolise peace and add to the vast life of the book . “Each wave, each bird in the sky calls to you and reminds you of your duty. When walking with company you laugh and talk, and cannot hear what the waves and birds are saying.” The birds here are messengers to the narrator , bringing in him an inner conciousness .Another important use of bird imagery is seen when Madame Hotense’s parrot is said to bring out attention in Zorba by reciting the word “Canavro”.Madame Hortense herself is is described as a ‘Siren’ which is part bird . Towards the end of the novel when Madame Hortense is sick and Zorba is by her side his eyes are said to resemble those of birds from which tears fall down . This tells us that birds are used to bring out a wide spectrum of emotions among the characters .Lastly when the old siren is dead she is said to resemble “a huge exotic bird had fallen from the sky, its wings broken, and they had gathered on the seashore by their village to watch it die.…

    • 1471 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Powerful Memories

    • 1077 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Nature in its untouched form often produces powerful memories through its harsh beauty, never ending visual changes and power of persuasion. Upon witnessing this, people become emotionally attached to its elements and natural aspects. This is evident throughout the poems “End of the Road” by Brian Turner, “Takapuna Beach” and “Under Mangere Mountain” by David Eggleton, and “Place to be” by Ben Stokes. Each author's purpose is to share their emotional attachment with readers which allows them to understand the conceptual theme of how powerful memories can encourage an individual to form an emotional attachment to a place. Within “End of the Road” Brian Turner illustrates the theme powerful memories can encourage an individual to form an emotional…

    • 1077 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays