Sailing to Byzantium/Byzantium

IB English A Literature: Sailing to Byzantium/Byzantium

The above phrase appears in the opening line of the first of Yeats" two poems that reflect his interest in the literal and symbolic significance of the holy city of Byzantium, now Istanbul. It is also a phrase that constitutes the the title of the novel by Cormac Mcarthy, made into a successful film by the Coen brothers in 2007. The plot and setting of the novel, however, bares little resemblance to the world Yeats...


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