"The Second Coming " By William Yeats
The poem "The Second Coming" by William Yeats was written in 1913, after the great horror World War I brought upon the world. Yeats uses very stunning and violent imagery throughout. The attitude and tone of the poem is set from the start. The poem mentions the way things in the "old world" are falling apart only to make room for change. The speaker has a very anxious attitude towards this "second coming" he believes is on the way. The second coming is described to be a tremendous "rough beast" that only brings darkness the world. This essay will discuss the evidence that supports the speakers view of the "rough beast"
The attitude towards the "rough beast" is clearly stated when the speaker first describes this "second coming" that is dropping on them. This evidence demonstrates that the speakers attitude towards the beast is fearful and troubling. The beast is described as " A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it reel shadows of the indignant desert birds."(stanza 2, line 6). This strong use of imagery creates a picture, this picture however has a great meaning behind it. The author of the poem believed that the monster behind the "Second Coming" to be a revolution. The speakers tone throughout indicates his unpleasant* towards the great idea of the "Second Coming".
Secondly, the speaker demonstrates evidence in which he believes the "Second Coming" is an internal conflict between worlds. Using imagery the speaker describes a conflict between the ancient world and the modern world. The speaker goes on to say that "Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer, Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, " (stanza 1, line 1) by that the speaker interprets that anarchy, democracy, heterogeneity and the old ways of living in general are...
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