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Yeats, Byzantium

Yeats Poems, 1930


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Before me floats an image, man or shade,

Shade more than man, more image than a shade;

For Hades' bobbin bound in mummy-cloth

May unwind the winding path;

A mouth that has no moisture and no breath

Breathless mouths may summon;

I hail the superhuman;

I call it death-in-life and life-in-death.


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       Cf. Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium (1927) - A History of the Byzantine Empire

K. Parker, Yeats and his two visions of Byzantium * Silverberg, Sailing to Byzantium, *
Aspects of Byzantium in Modern Popular Music (including music on Yeats' 1927 "Sailing to Byzantium", a song on Yeats' 1930 "Byzantium") * Byzantium & Modern Greece Resources  * Greek Orthodoxy - From Apostolic Times to the Present Day

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