The Second Coming Yeats Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… This explains the awe that fills the poem in its closing. An illustration of a rebirth into Paganism will be filled more with fear and awe than love for this reason: Christianity worships God in his love as a being of supreme good, but pagans worship the spirit of the world as a being of supreme power. Furthermore, his cadence in the last phase of the poem implies that he is almost speaking with reverence to the spiritus mundi and a quite disdain for what he sees as a flaw in Christianity. This brings us to the final two lines in "The Second Coming", "And what rough beast, its hour come ‘round at last/ slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" This first sums up the poems theme of a "Second Coming" of paganism as opposed to Christ. Secondly, however, are the implications of the statement. The book of revelations says that in his second coming Christ will not be born humbly among men, but to come to the world in full glory. But Yeats, since he has already established the true nature of this second coming, now returns to this prophecy, pointing out that it had been partially right, that the figure of the coming would not be born humbly. But it seems that he half suggests the reason why this is true is because of an inherent weakness in Christianity. He seems to imply that Paganism, a brutal and …show more content…
"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

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