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Byzantium

Rating: 3.2

THE unpurged images of day recede;
The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed;
Night resonance recedes, night walkers' song
After great cathedral gong;
A starlit or a moonlit dome disdains
All that man is,
All mere complexities,
The fury and the mire of human veins.
Before me floats an image, man or shade,
Shade more than man, more image than a shade;

For Hades' bobbin bound in mummy-cloth
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Nithya 20 March 2021

in which collection of work this poem was published please reply

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Patricia Osborne 29 June 2020

Probably one of my favorites of William Butler Yates. I had a great literature professor in my college days decipher some of Yeat's complicated lines.

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Fabrizio Frosini 31 May 2016

'' That dolphin-torn, that gong-tormented sea. '' how beautiful images!

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Raj Nandy 20 April 2009

O WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF POETRY! YEATS HAD NEVER BEEN TO BYZANTIUM, WHICH WAS LATER KNOWN AS CONSTANTINOPLE & PRESENT DAY ISTANBUL! HE HAD SEEN THE ART & PAINTING OF THOSE ANCIENT DAYS AT RAVENNA IN ITALY ONLY! AND SEE WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORK HE HAS MADE OF IT? ! WE ARE NOT FIT TO RATE SUCH MASTERPIECE! - Raj Nandy

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Paul Butters 09 January 2007

'Images...Images...'. Yes. Excellent. One of my favourites. A classic.

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