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The Second Coming - W. B. Yeats [Kindle Edition]

William Butler Yeats
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A collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916."
"The Second Coming" is viewed as a prophetic poem that envisions the close of the Christian epoch and the violent birth of a new age. The poem's title makes reference to the Biblical reappearance of Christ, prophesied in Matthew 24 and the Revelations of St. John, which according to Christianity, will accompany the Apocalypse and divine Last Judgment. Other symbols in the poem are drawn from mythology, the occult, and Yeats's view of history as defined in his cryptic prose volume A Vision. The principal figure of the work is a sphinx-like creature with a lion's body and man's head, a "rough beast" awakened in the desert that makes its way to Christ's birthplace, Bethlehem.

Other poems in this collect include 'Easter, 1916,' which chronicles Yeats' complicated feelings on the execution of Irish patriots of the Easter Rebellion in Dublin.

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  • File Size: 30 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Shamrock Eden Publishing (August 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8XRE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting poetry August 9, 2011
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Given my own interest in astrology and mysticism, I'm surprised it's taken me so long to discover Yeats. This collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916," was a good place to start, although I need to read more on his philosophy as described in his book "A Vision" to fully benefit from reading his poetry.

In this anthology, my favourite is "The Second Coming." A superb, haunting poem, Yeat's description of "the widening gyres" resonated deeply. Taken in historical context, the darkness in the poem is understandable, if depressing, as there is always the hope that, no matter how far the falcon (humankind) flies from the falconer (the Divine) perhaps the centre *can* hold as the spiralling gyres of history widen and narrow, and the evolutionary cycles of mankind's spiritual evolution wax and wane.

"Solomon and the Witch" was another poem I enjoyed in this first reading of Yeats's work. When Sheba "cried out in a strange tongue/Not his, not mine," the potential of Love to transcend cultural differences leads her lover, the wise King Solomon, "he that knew/All sounds by bird or angel sung," to contemplate how, when people are in love destiny ("Chance") and free will ("Choice") overlap and, as "lover tests lover," there is the risk that the "bride-bed brings despair." But the poem also offers the reader a glimpse of hope for, when "these two things...are a single light...burned in one" (when love unites differences), a "blessed moon last night/gave Sheba to her Solomon." Finally, after the "appropriate pain" has tested the lovers, there among the debris of the struggle, "the crushed grass ...and the moon wilder every minute," silence descends and love offers a second chance.
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