Yeats’s Byzatium Poems: A New Critical Approach
Keywords:Close reading, aesthetic, criticism, literary
New Criticism is primarily concerned with the text in itself, its language and organization. A close reading of the text articulates the paradox, ambivalence, order and harmony within the text. An emphasis on objectivity, impersonality and humanist principles marks the basic trend of Anglo-American New Criticism. This paper aims to provide a close reading of W. B. Yeats’s Byzantium poemsâ€”“Sailing to Byzatium” and “Byzatium”. The paper gradually unravels the insolvable enigma of human lifeâ€”the transience of life and the permanence of art. The poems achieve a resolution through the working out of contradictions, a unification of different dispositions towards experience.