The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats | Essay
The poem written by Yeats is very symbolic as one can see from the overall poem. The poem’s speaker tells us of a falcon; a bird flying in a desert. The bird has a controller who is the falconer. The writer of the poem introduces us to his poem by using a disastrous image. The falcon that flies across the desert seems to be in danger and though its’ falconer calls upon it, it does not respond to the call to seek refuge from the looming danger that surrounded it (Ross 81).
Yeats goes ahead to bring emphasis upon the tragedy that awaits the falcon. He writes the word “mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” to tell us about the condition of the world. The society deprived of its innocence is now suffering from the problems that they face. The writer uses the line “blood-dimmed tide is loosed” to describe the type of danger the society is on.
The writer uses many styles to bring out issues in the poem. Symbolism and vivid description is amongst the most used styles by Yeast. As the poem continues, he introduces us to this creature with a lion’s body and a man’s head. The lion has power and authority in the jungle and this represents the leadership that is making the society suffer while the head of the man represents the intellect (Yeats 73).
This probably represents the society’s cruel leaders who use power and violence to rule over the weak civilians. The writer then uses the phrase the second coming to represent a change that will toil over the world and will bring justice upon the land the society lives in. there will be new ideas new leaders new society and a new rule that is what the poet refers to as the second coming. Though the writer used second coming as his topic he has emphasized more on the present rather than the future that is to come with change. Yeats creates a tensed and horrifying mood throughout the poem.
Yeats, WB, Fred Hagstrom, and Oscar J. Gillespie. The Second Coming. St. Paul, MN: Strong Silent Type Press, 2009. Print.
Ross, David A. Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. New York: Facts on File, 2009. Print.