Jackie ZY Seah
Mr. Brian Eberle
15 April 2014
Analysis of The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats in his poem, “The Second Coming”, makes a number of distinctive metaphors and symbols to express the features of the poem, that are critical to consider upon first reading the poem, this creates a theme in the poem. Yeats portrays a dismal world where anarchy reigns over the guiltlessness of humankind. This poem portrays a dark and foreboding atmosphere that serves are a warning to what may lie ahead for humankind if we continue on our current path toward destruction. In “ The Second Coming”, William Yeats’ ideas unfold in many significant metaphors with symbolic lines. The ideas of mankind needing God’s guidance to survive in the world are seen apparent to the readers.
The first metaphor comes in like two of the poem. “The falcon cannot hear the falconer;” The falcon and its falconer exemplify that devastation caused toward society. This metaphor is interpreted in many ways. I have interpreted this as that the falcon to represent society and the falconer represents God and morality. By saying “ The falcon cannot hear the falconer,” Yeats may be indicating that society has lost sight of God and has lost all the values and morals once held in place by the foundation put in place by having a strong obedience to God. Humanity can no longer hear the word spoken to them by God because of the widening gyre. The widening gyre is masking the word of God out. Another interpretation is that Years may be saying that the falcon represents a war and the falconer represents the military power that has unleashed it to the point where all control is lost and the faith of humankind in God has been abandoned. Furthermore, Yeats starts out with the image of a falcon flying in circles in the sky, a distance from the falconer who freed it. The bird continues to wheel and gyre farther away from its falconer. This representation stands for the...
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