Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The Second Coming '

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In “The Second Coming,” what does Yeats mean when he writes “The falcon cannot hear the falconer” (line 2)? How does this relate to “the centre cannot hold” (line 3)?
In “The Second Coming” there is a footnote at the end of the first line explaining what Yeats envisioned for the word gyre. It mentions that it was meant to represent the age of Christians and how it was spiraling downwards to an end. With this in mind, the second line that reads, “The falcon cannot hear the falconer” it paints a picture of a falcon being distracted from the spiral motion to where it “cannot hear the falconer” (1.2). The falcon represents “The best” that are mentioned in line 7, the falconer represents the second coming of Jesus and the spiraling end of the Christian age is also represented by “the worst” in people (1.7). This relates to “the centre cannot hold” because the centre or the foundation of the Christian age is crumbling with an uprising of anarchy during the first World War (1.3).
How does “Araby” convey a sense of desolation and gloom? What words, symbols, and motifs contribute to this atmosphere? Is the narrator’s despair at the story’s end confined to his frustration with the bazaar itself or does it extend to larger issues?
The story “Araby” conveys a sense of desolation and gloom through words that describe the setting in which the story takes place. One of which is the words that he uses in the beginning of the story where he describes the air being musty in a room where a…

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