Sailing to Byzantium
by William Butler Yeats
Sailing to Byzantium Old Age Quotes
How we cite our quotes: line
That is no country for old men (1)
Yup. It sucks to be old in the country where our speaker is from. The emphatic tone of this first line frames the entire poem as a search for everything that the old country isn’t.
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, (9-10)
Although the first stanza of "Sailing to Byzantium" emphasizes the natural world, the start of the second stanza seems to be strangely unnatural. Age strips the very flesh from people’s bones, leaving nothing but the clothes they once wore.