In which poem W.B. Yeats can be seen as a "dreamy" poet?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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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 first stanza is the condition of the world that Yeats sees.  The second stanza is where one can see a  "dreamy" element.  The "vast image" that "troubles" the speaker's sight is an example of Yeats being dreamy.  This vision is not of this world.  It is one in which a dream of the future vision.  Continuing this is the  vision of the figure in the distance.  The dreaminess of the head of a man and a body of a lion helps to conjure an image in the reader's mind that bothers and broods.  The "blank gaze" which Yeats describes as "pitiless" is one that helps to develop a sense of fear of what lies ahead.  The beast that "slouches towards Bethlehem" is a dreamy image in so far as its effect is one of contemplation and reflection about what the future could hold.  In the poem, Yeats' "dreamy" characteristic of a writer is evident in what he develops in the mind of the reader as to what the future could contain.  

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