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... Byzantium – William Butler Yeats In William Butler Yeats poem “Byzantium,” the poet presents an image that is at once very simple, its images being stripped of all form and function, and at the same time very complex, in that it leaves no form or function for the human mind to grab hold of. As he writes about the city of Byzantium, he makes it clear that though he is using the name of a very human, and very cultured, city, this is no human city he is discussing. For Yeats, Byzantium represented the highest ideals in art, spirituality and knowledge, a kind of heavenly realm in which nothing ever changes but remains perfectly representative of the inner essence of art, beauty and spirituality. This ...