Sailing to Byzantium
by William Butler Yeats
Sailing to Byzantium Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Does Byzantium sound like a place where you’d want to spend any time?
- Is Byzantium an actual place in the poem, or is it a mental state? What reasons do you have for your opinion?
- What does our speaker think of nature? Is it a good thing? A bad and scary thing? Why?
- What’s so great about art, anyway? What function does it serve for the speaker of the poem?