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  • The Second Coming
    The falconer in "The Second Coming" is generally thought to represent Christ. The Christian historical epoch, or "gyre" as Yeats calls it, is drawing to a close. In its stead will come a new era...

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    There aren't really any quotes in "The Second Coming" in which Yeats directly says he wants to prevent change. However, the poem seems to fear coming change in general and so, while it would be...

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  • The Second Coming
    In this poem Yeats connects to both modern and ancient aspects of Western civilization. The first stanza characterizes what was happening in the West during the first years of the 20th century. The...

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  • The Second Coming
    Yeats wrote this poem to express the anxiety he and others felt at the end of World War I, the sense that a new age was coming in world history and not necessarily a good one. The old order was...

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  • The Second Coming
    This Yeats poem does everything a poem is meant to do. As “concentrated word magic” the poem speaks to a deep-felt anxiety in all Christians, that Christ’s appearance on Earth has somehow...

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  • The Second Coming
    Yeats provided a note for his poem "The Second Coming." The first line ends with the word "gyre," and Yeats explained that word with this statement: "The end of an age, which always receives the...

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  • The Second Coming
    In "The Second Coming," W.B. Yeats explores the Second Coming, a traditional Christian idea that prophesies the return of Christ and the salvation of all true believers. However, Yeats turns this...

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  • The Second Coming
    The main idea in "The Second Coming" can seem elusive, especially because the poem ends with a complicated question that takes up the last five lines of the poem. However, an understanding of W. B....

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  • The Second Coming
    Yeats published "The Second Coming" in 1920 as part of his larger collection Michael Robartes and the Dancer, which also included Easter, 1916," Yeats' contemplation on the results of the Easter...

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  • The Second Coming
    William Butler Yeats penned "The Second Coming" in 1919, at the end of the First World War (the "War to End All Wars," presumably). Mechanized warfare had come into its own, and Germany was subdued...

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    Yeats wrote Sailing to Byzantium when he was old and mature. The opening paragraph of the poem is very significant in describing the worldview and mindset of people during that time. Yeats says...

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  • The Second Coming
    The "vast image" that the speaker of this poem sees is described in the second stanza, and is clearly a terrifying sight for him. Now how this "image" is described: a waste of desert sand; A shape...

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    If the "dreamy" descriptor can be seen as being able to envision a dream or see a world that is not in the present, Yeats' "The Second Coming" is a poem where there is a sense of the "dreamy." The...

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  • The Second Coming
    Written in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution, Yeats' "The Second Coming" is about a dramatic shift in history. The first line is a geometric image of one era spinning...

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  • William Butler Yeats
    I think that William Butler Yeats is both a realistic and an idealistic poet who conveyed his ideas of history as well as his ideas of what the future portends for humankind to make his significant...

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  • The Second Coming
    "The Second Coming" is a warning. Yeats views Western civilization as having lost its way, hence "things fall apart." He paints this development in apocalyptic terms, ending the poem by evoking...

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  • The Second Coming
    With this line, Yeats was suggesting that the foundations of Western culture, in particular Christianity, were falling apart. In the wake of the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution,...

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  • The Second Coming
    This 1920 poem, between the World Wars and in the midst of Ireland’s political struggles, brings one of the most striking images to the universal historical cycle of chaos-adjustment-balance:...

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  • The Second Coming
    The predominant theme in "The Second Coming" is that of a culture or society coming unhinged. Yeats uses apocalyptic language and imagery to suggest that society has reached, or is nearing, the...

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    The challenge in the question is that there is not merely one thematic aspect to the poem. Yeats' poem is so intricate because it represents so many different themes within it. On one hand, there...

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  • The Second Coming
    I would say that the weakening of Christian values is present throughout the first stanza of the poem. Yeats' construction of the world is one in which the unifying principles previously held are...

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  • The Second Coming
    "The Second Coming," published in 1919 just after the end of the First World War (though the Allies and Axis powers were still negotiating the terms of Germany's surrender) is one of Yeats' most...

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  • The Second Coming
    Allusion: The title of Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming," is a Biblical allusion to the return of Christ in the Book of Revelations and the judgment of man. Particularly in the second and final...

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  • The Second Coming
    WB Yeats' "The Second Coming" is full of imagery that depicts the anarchy and chaos that he saw, and which he believed to be the forerunner of some large scale apocalypse. From the very opening...

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  • Things Fall Apart
    This is a good question, but I think that some level of clarification might be needed. I am not sure Yeats' poem is meant to be read in a Postcolonial light. I think that he is writing in a more...

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  • The Second Coming
    I think that the issue of a lack of ethical guidance can be found in the notion of "the center cannot hold." This image of entropy, a condition in which there is disintegration, is representative...

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  • The Second Coming
    William Butler Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming", relies heavily on two separate systems of allusion and religious symbolism. The first is Christianity, especial the New Testament Book of...

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  • The Second Coming
    “The Second Coming,” of course, refers to the Christian prophecy in the Bible’s Book of Revelation that Jesus will return to reign over Earth in the end times. But Yeats had his own mystical...

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    If we agree that modernism in poetry can be characterized generally by the poet's alienation from his society, the avoidance of naturalistic representation and the use of fragmentary images, often...

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    I think that there are several points that can help to form a thesis statement from Yeats' poem. Yet, without more specificity, you will have to piece things together. I think that one potential...

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  • The Second Coming
    Like Yeats, we are living in a time of rapid change. Like Yeats, many of us are deeply concerned about the consequences of those changes, which are impossible for us to foresee with much certainty....

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  • The Second Coming
    The second stanza, if anything, is more bleak and uncompromising than the first and is incredible in the way that it paints a horrifying picture of the future that the speaker anticipates will...

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    I think by far the most profound image of the poem that it begins with is of the falcon turning and turning in an ever-widening gyre as it seeks to escape the control and influence of its...

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  • The Second Coming
    The poem `The Second Coming`by William Butler Yeats invokes both traditional Christian iconography and a mystical account of the world set forth by Yeats himself in his book A Vision, which...

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    I have moved this question to this group, as the reference to the word "gyre" obviously refers to this famous poem by W. B. Yeats and its first line. The poem concerns the poet's prediction of the...

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    I moved this to the Yeats poem because the image is derived from his work. In "The Second Coming," Yeats discusses what he feels best describes the modern setting with a series of images that...

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    I think that the reality that enveloped Europe after World War I represented on factor that influenced Yeats' writing. Emerging from the war, Yeats and many other thinkers were convinced that the...

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    Yeats wrote the poem in 1919 after the First Great War, but because of the Cristian imagery of the Apocalypse and the Second Coming, and its terrifying, ritualistic language, the poem is an obscure...

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    I have to offer a different answer than the first one posted. Yeats does not write this poem about the Second World War. He writes the poem in 1920, when the scars of the First World War were...

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  • The Second Coming
    Your original question asked a number of questions. Enotes only allows you to ask one question at a time, so please do not ask multiple questions in future. Key to understanding this poem is the...

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    I think that one can find many examples of Yeats employing symbolism throughout his work. Since the question is asking for how it is used, I would focus on the symbols present in my favorite Yeats...

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  • The Second Coming
    Part of what makes Yeats' poem so powerful is that he plays into and yet rejects the binary opposition that is so much a part of Western intellectual currents. Had Yeats taken the traditional...

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  • The Second Coming
    This is one of the most profound poems imaginable. It takes a great deal of patience and deliberation to explicate. However, upon doing so, I guarantee that it will be a poem whose words and...

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  • The Second Coming
    In order to discuss the important themes in the poem "The Second Coming" by Irish Poet William Butler Yeats, you will need to conduct some research in several areas, doing some background reading....

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  • The Second Coming
    The basic idea behind this poem is probably best summed up by the phrase "things fall apart." The speaker in the poem seems to be worrying that the world is getting to be out of control -- the...

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  • The Second Coming
    I just re-read this poem again--several times, actually--and each time it seemed more disturbing. It was written after World War I, but it might as well have been written last year, last month,...

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