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The Last Phase of Yeats's Career
Arra M. Garab
Beyond Byzantium explores the relationship between existential awareness and artistic vitality in Yeats's poetry subsequent to "Sailing to Byzantium." Following Yeats's long flight to that "holy city" of art and artifice that so exquisitely mirrors more than a century of romantic yearning for transcendence, the author tracks the aged poet beyond Byzantium "to realms not of sages and gold but of unfinished men and the dross of their mortal pain." In this time-bound world of "the dying generations" the speakers of Words for Music Perhaps, Supernatural Songs, and Last Poems play out the drama of their mortality, and it is in this world that Yeats, after more than forty years of fanciful sailing, found his final metaphysical bearing.
(1969) 148 pp.
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Introduction: A Time of Turbulence
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