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What is the central idea of the poem byzantium?

What is the central idea of the poem byzantium?

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  1. The whole poem serves as a contemplation of death. It doesn’t focus on the ideals of death but on the fact that human lives are rendered useless and baseless once they have dropped dead. Human lives are not rendered as important as their creations are. Their creations are the ones that should be praised often as they are not filled with vices as their creators are. The poet wants to convey the message that art lives through and it is only through that they attain immortality. Though the idea is paradoxical as without the very makers art won’t persist, it is the art that outlives the makers in the end. The speaker imagines a journey through the streets of Byzantium and exclaims the wonders of the city. 

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