Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose

4. Which images are Modern in this peom? Which images are Romantic?

"Sailing to Byzantium"

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Certainly his idea that the world his for the young is an important contemporary image, "That is no country for old men. The young..." Yeats uses pastoral romantic images such as birds and the "salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas"....The modern image of Ireland entering into a new phase speaks to the ending of the old romantic ideals.