Sailing to Byzantium
by William Butler Yeats
Sailing to Byzantium Spirituality Quotes
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and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity. (23-24)
The concept of eternity as an "artifice" is one that runs against most conventional religious depictions of an afterlife. Even rebirth is rarely characterized as something created, something unnatural. The type of rebirth our speaker wants, however, is not anything that you’ll find in typical descriptions of eternity.