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Q2 Apocalyptic Vision Of The Second Coming William Butler Yeats began his poem, “The Second Coming” in 1919 right after World War One. It is important to note that Yeats did not believe in Christianity. Magic and occult theories are important elements in Yeats’s work. Yeats created an imaginary but believable religion that was cyclical. In “The Second Coming” Yeats shows us a vision of full of apocalyptic, ritualistic and mystical symbolism. “The Second Coming” begins with a feeling of loss of control. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer.”(Yeats 1,2). Yeats wrote “The Second Coming” while most of the world was recovering from World War I. Yeats saw the trouble all around himself, and everything spinning out of control. The falcon representing man and the falconer representing God is symbolizing a man turning away from God and of the chaos that was there at the end of the war. The "gyre" is an important symbol in Yeats’s poetry; it stands between two historical time’s harmony and chaos. The next two lines, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”(3,4) invokes a deeper feeling of loss of control. The first line shows the images of the more chaos that will come. The poem then changes into a description of "anarchy" and violence in which "the ceremony of innocence is drowned." The speaker is troubled that only bad people seem to be enthusiastic now. “To Yeats, the Second Coming grotesquely sketched in the poem is hardly the Christian Parousia, the celebration of the universal presence of the Savior coming on clouds of glory to judge the world.” (Carvo). “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned”(5,6) describes a scene of violence and terror. This line can be a metaphor for the chaos that came at the end of the war, and all of the

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