Of course, twentieth-century history did turn more horrific after 1919, as the poem forebodes. Lines three through six describe collapse and turmoil, a dissolution of order and a rising tide of violence and revolution without cause. He is till this day considered one of the greatest poets that ever lived. One of his great works out of the many that he produced was his poem Hap, which he wrote in 1866, but did not publish until 1898 in his collection of poems called Wessex Poems. The poem does not mention the second coming of Christ but rather focuses on the coming of the antichrist, meaning Yeats could only see despair, hopelessness, and chaos in the world.
Yeats is one of the few writers whose greatest works were written after the award of the Nobel Prize. Believed to have been influenced by the French symbolist movement of the 19th Century, his poems incorporated symbols as a means of representing mystical, dream-like and abstract ideals. In lines 1-2, Keats poem, Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats, is an in depth look at the journeys of one man who wishes to escape the confinements of old age by pursuing a society in which artistic beauty and expression reign supreme. This powerful image, with the head of a man and the body of a lion, even reminds one of Narasimha of the Hindu mythology. We realise Yeats both is a very public and a very private poet, his work ranging from the personal and political, to Irish history and his own life experiences and emotions. He has taken stock of all that is going on, and he knows that certainly something large must be happening—all this chaos cannot be accidental; it must be part of an event of apocalyptic proportions.
Most of the details in the play are not random, and each reflects purgatory in a way. Now the image of the beast has disappeared and the poet says that sleep of 20th century and nightmare is a painful experience. In the last line, the poet says that best people have chosen to be quiet whereas the worst people have taken the front seat. The next fourteen lines are also prophetic, but in a different way. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats William Butler Yeats was a man who is known for his extraordinary writings of the nineteenth century, and is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the English language.
Yeats doesn't strike me as something you read unless you know you want to read some Yeats. Structurally, the poem is quite simple—the first stanza describes the conditions present in the world things falling apart, anarchy, etc. There will come a rescuer. The radiotelegraph brought news of the sinking of the Titanic to the world in 1912. The time for divine intervention has come, and another Saviour is needed. The poet is indeed in a mood of bewilderment.
The second half of the poem finds Yeats delving into mythological imagery through occult methods. The Second Coming is W. Innocence and rituals celebrating purity have been destroyed, and a wave of violence is washing over the land, drowning everything in its path. Desert Birds like vultures are flying around it. The poet goes against it and shows us that the new era will be that of Barbarianism. Here in the poem is also referred to as the interacting and conflicting Eras.
Perhaps it will not be a Christ in human form, but something altogether different. From a place in an axis, one point moves spirally in ever-widening gyrations until it reaches the circumference of the sphere, and thus its movement is in the shape of a cone. The whole passage, the sphinx creature, the Antichrist figure, or beast that proceeds it, that appears at the end of the poem are all inspired by the prophet Daniel, The book of Revelations which in the greek was called Apocalypse , and Yeats' own mystical visions which are all converging in that stanza to help him describe not only the world he sees, but the world he has yet to see. The gyre — spiral, vortex, maelstrom — symbolizes chaos. In the second stanza, the Biblical imagery takes over the visions of corrupted nature. Recitation Problems playing this file? The falcon would represent… 2032 Words 9 Pages W. Partly this is what makes it so compelling: it is a poem that asks questions, rather than providing answers.
It was once a phrase imbued with hope; of salvation, of perfection, of justice, of judgment, of eternal reward. It is pitiless and has no sympathy for humans. The Countess Cathleen 1892 , The Land of Heart's Desire 1894 , Cathleen ni Houlihan 1902 , The King's Threshold 1904 , and Deirdre 1907 are among the best known. The poem's second line zooms from that gigantic, unclear beginning straight into a very specific and symbolic image—the falcon, which has lost touch with its falconer. Yeats wrote roughly a century after the Era of Romanticism, his Romantic precursors influenced his writing greatly. Yeats is a strong, emotional poem about how everything, even the most strongest of creations eventually falls apart, with Yeats using the coming of the Messiah from Revelations to show how society will crumble and break apart when Christ comes for the final battle against Satan.
In Macbeth, when the villainous Macbeth murders the good king, a lowly porter recognizes that the horses have started to eat each other, and that there was a great and thunderous storm. Finally, at the end of the poem, the speaker asks a rhetorical question which really amounts to a prophecy that the beast is on its way to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christ, to be born into the world. In the first stanza, Yeats talks about the movement of the time which has widened the world. Before the war they believed that man was innately good, after it people were disenchanted with this vision of man. This poem cleverly reflects the difficult progression of love between a man for a woman, while hinting at the same struggle mankind must undergo to understand the mystical mysteries of a Divine Love.
The famous lines in the first stanza of the poem describe a time of chaos: Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. This must be a Second Coming, he thinks—this must be an apocalypse like the one predicted in the Bible's Book of Revelations. Yeats was born in Dublin and was profoundly influenced by the Irish myth, tradition, and folklore. And that makes its imminent arrival even more frightening. In medieval times, people would use falcons or hawks to track down animals at ground level.
Although a convinced patriot, Yeats deplored the hatred and the bigotry of the Nationalist movement, and his poetry is full of moving protests against it. He is rightly regarded as the national poet of Ireland, and the Irish background forms the very crux of his poetry. Hence he realizes that Christ is not coming but the monstrous beast is coming to the place where Christ was born. As hope based on the Enlightenment concept of rational progress gives way to disappointment, frustration, complacency, and apathy, an irrational and entirely emotion self-interest becomes the dominant human ideology. Yeats has excellent use I feel a little silly reviewing this.