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Yeats’s Poetry

William Butler Yeats

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“The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

“Adam’s Curse”

“The Wild Swans at Coole”

“An Irish Airman foresees his Death”

“The Second Coming”

“Sailing to Byzantium”

“Leda and the Swan”


“The Circus Animals’ Desertion”

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The Second Coming

by nataliadelina, January 24, 2013

The Second Coming has many biblical references within the poem in my point of view. It talks about ideas from the book of revelations. In revelations an angel "opened an abyss"(Revelation 9:2) in which Yeats describes a "widening gyre"- a deep and bottomless pit. The bible also describes the world in its last days filled with: "abomination filled with desolation)". Yeats also discribes a world filled with chaos: "falcon cannot hear the falconer, anarchy, innocence drowned, best lack all conviction, blood- dimmed tide, and passionate intensit... Read more


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Yeats help

by marnie94, April 11, 2013

This might give you a bit of context...

Good luck, and please follow!


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Terrible Explication

by rosetastoned, August 05, 2013

This is a terrible explication. I would be foolish to attempt to add to this inane conversation.


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