Comparing "The Second Coming" and "Leda and the Swan"

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“The Second Coming” and “Leda and the Swan” are both written by William Butler Yeats, who was an Irish poet and one of the most recognized figures of 20th century literature. These two influential poems explore Yeats’ general view with his philosophy, particularly his idea of a ‘gyre’ or a spiral. He put a lot of emphasis on the gyre, which is a tool invented by him to show how the world is going around. Yeats’ basic point was that we would need to move along the inner side of the gyre as we go towards the end of this world. His such view seems a bit extreme and outdated as he is comparing humans’ lives with the gyre that we evolve around this cone. Nevertheless, his two poems are still works of a genius. For “the Second Coming”, he invites his readers to this particular scene for the first part which seems to be a dark night with a falcon flying around the gyre in circles. After that, he goes on to the scene with a possibly desert in Egypt with the Sphinx, where the reader even feels like he or she is walking around the desert under the unbearably hot sun and searching for something like a spirit. He then takes us back to the dark night full of nightmares and beasts. Overall, his poem is definitely not bright and cheerful. It mostly describes someone’s nightmare. However, because of his provocative words, the readers cannot help but fall deep into this horrifying world Yeats created. Moreover, as for “Leda and the Swan”, seems even more disturbing than “the Second Coming”. It talks about this certain scene of a young woman being raped by a huge swan. The inspiration is definitely from one of the Greek mythologies of a young woman named Leda being raped by Zeus in disguise of a massive swan. From the rape, Leda becomes pregnant, later laid eggs as babies, and one of them was Helen of Troy who was a central figure of the Trojan War. Yeats uses powerful language to
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