How Does Yeats Present His Opinions About Ww1 in ‘the Second Coming’?

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The Second Coming is a very religious poem that speaks of a revelation of some kind. It takes place whilst WW1 is happening and so many points in the poem refer to this. Yeats believed that the world had a turning point. He said that it would remain the same for two thousand years, and then something would happen to change it in some way. ‘The Second Coming’ is referring to the second time this is to happen, the first being Christ. Yeats believes that World War 1 is the trigger for this ‘second coming’. The ‘turning and turning’ suggests how everything has always been leading up to this, constantly turning, eventually it will have turned all it can in one direction and need to start going the opposite way. The ‘gyre’ is a visual way to represent this idea that Yeats strongly believed in. In the Book of Revelation, it is said that Christ will come back to engage in the Battle of Armageddon. Yeats uses this to make a comparison with World War 1, which at the time was thought to be the war that would end all wars. The poem opens with ‘the falcon’ not being able to hear ‘the falconer’. This line may be representing how the people in the war were moving further away from the point of the war and everything was becoming crazy and ‘falling apart’. Nobody was listening to each other and there was no order in what was happening. Yeats goes on to explain how ‘anarchy is loosed upon the world’, implying that before WW1 the world was peaceful but suddenly it has been ruined. He also talks about ‘blood-dimmed tide’ being loosed, which shows the gory side to the war and just how dangerous it was. ‘The ceremony of innocence is drowned’ also connotes a more powerful image of the war. It is suggesting that many innocent people have been killed and as a result, even more innocent people have been hurt or corrupted. The second stanza is what Yeats expects to happen after the war.
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