The Second Coming (poem) Summary

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Essays & Analysis (15)

5,427 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Weeks seeks to trace the images, thoughts, and associations alive in Yeats's mind while he was writing "The Second Coming. " There are poets whose art is a... Read more
784 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following essay, Raghu addresses Edward Proffitt's 1991 explication of "The Second Coming." Raghu argues that the "rough beast" of the poem is a mental image ... Read more
4,097 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Moloney reads Desmond O'Grady's poem "Professor Kelleher and the Charles River" as a response to the ideas expressed in "The Second Coming.&#... Read more
1,057 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following essay, Cervo explores the prophetic implications of "The Second Coming" with regard to Christian millennarianism. Yeats's poem "The Second Coming" w... Read more
8,954 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Harrison focuses on Nietzschean suggestions in the language and imagery of "The Second Coming. " In the absence of a thorough examination of the impact on "... Read more
3,939 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Bloom analyzes "The Second Coming" in light of Yeats's philosophical writings, calling the poem "a masterpiece of complexity. " Turning and t... Read more
9,144 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, Levine considers "The Second Coming" in the context of several earlier poems by Yeats, seeing the work " as proof of the speaker's journey toward ps... Read more
4,507 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Murphy turns to Yeats's A Vision for an indication of the meaning of "The Second Coming. " Murphy contradicts typical readings of the poem by focusing on i... Read more
18,087 words, approx. 61 pages
In the following essay, Allen interprets "The Second Coming " as a political poem associated with the rise of communism. "The Second Coming," one of Yeats's three or... Read more
6,175 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Brooker examines "The Second Coming" and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land as these poems confront the decline of western civilization. "The Second Comin... Read more
2,679 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Fleissner speculates on the nature of the "rough beast" in "The Second Coming." The bestial image at the tail end of William Butler Yeats's &... Read more
519 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following essay, Proffitt contends that the "rough beast" of "The Second Coming" refers to the offspring of the sphinx-like desert creature in the poem. Yeats'... Read more
3,755 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Deane studies "The Second Coming" in relation to the accompanying poems of Michael Robartes and the Dancer, concentrating on its combined sexual and historical th... Read more
1,202 words, approx. 5 pages
In his poem The Second Coming, W.B. Yeats predicts a frightening scene which he sees as the coming of the end of the world. Yeats utilizes a combination of elements to create a horrifying backdrop fo... Read more
419 words, approx. 2 pages
From the title of W.B. Yeats poem, "The Second Coming", one might expect to read about the glorious return of Christ to save his followers. However, Yeats portrays a dismal world where anarchy reigns... Read more