The Second Coming Yeats Analysis
"Turning and turning", "falcon and falconer", "loosed and loosed", "surely and surely", and "the second coming and the second coming!" It also includes Alliteration "surely some", "stony sleep". Onomatopoeia is also on display "vexed", "slouches". The piece also includes some simile "blank and pitiless as the sun", and metaphor "stony sleep".
The tone is set early on in the poem. It opens with a neutral tone; the non-realistic imagery makes the opening disengaged. The impact of the first two lines is not lent by tone, but by their peculiarity and imagery. The sense of devastation that pervades the poem is introduced in the second part, it is explicitly stated that "things fall apart", and this is further emphasized by the words "anarchy", "blood-dimmed tide", "passionate intensity". However, the poem itself, which is so far dealing in abstractions, lacks this passionate intensity. Its tone could be described as anxious.
In conclusion, "The Second Coming" is about William Butler Yeats belief in Paganism. He vividly describes this religion and compares it to Christianity in his poem. This message although hidden can be uncovered through careful analysis and patient reading. This poem is Yeats way of telling people that the world will start to switch to paganism and as he already did at the time of writing this great piece of