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W.B.Yeats...URGENT!!!
Posted by: molly (---.ipt.aol.com)
Date: October 29, 2000 06:57PM

I need help finding a theme in this poem:
The Second Coming


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,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.


Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
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.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


by W.B. Yeats


RE: W.B.Yeats...URGENT!!!
Posted by: Stephen (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: October 31, 2000 09:30AM

Yeats believed that the universe worked in 2000 year cycles. The first stanza is dedicated to showing the destruction of society. The second is showing the horrible beast whose awakening starts the second cycle.


RE: W.B.Yeats...URGENT!!!
Posted by: clarion (211.100.0.---)
Date: November 02, 2000 04:33AM

see the Vision,in which Yeats exhibits his mysterious view of the human life,
history and the world.




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