Sailing to Byzantium
- The speaker is an old man who is very aware of the fact that he is aging, and is accepting his mortality.
- He is in the present time but he does not like the world as it is anymore.
- He feels distant from the scene he is describing and he explains how the younger generations are
"caught" in their own pleasure and have no idea of what lies ahead.
- He is almost moving away from his importance, and the physical mortal world is also diminishing as
well as his value inside it.
- He retreats from the mortal world and he goes to a place where he believes he is going to find
immortality. He is looking for permanence which is not in the present world, so he goes into the past.
- He understands that the soul is linked to immortality and that is what he seeks.
- He wants to leave his physical self behind and transcend into immortal existence.
- Emotional plea from the speaker. He has a physical body and heart but he rejects it. It does not give
him freedom, he feels contained and he wants to break free.
- He is calling to those figures in the golden mosaic for them to com