Critical Essay on “the Second Coming”

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Critical essay on “The Second Coming” “The Second Coming” from W.B. Yeats is a description that transcends the limits of poetic beauty to become a work of critical character. The poem transmits to the reader an atmosphere of chaos and destruction, this description chaotic of environment has a direct relationship with the cultural and political interwar period. The poem has three common themes: 1) the presentation of chaotic motion as the bustle of the World War I destruction left in its wake, 2) the animal metaphor as a sign of irrationality and 3) treatment of topological aspects as description of the destruction. It is possible to construct an interpretation through historical analysis of the three aspects mentioned above. This essay…show more content…
The search for something they believe is futile, because the chaotic motion is permanently there, inherent in the new human condition of self-destruction, doom and disgust to itself. On November the 11th of 1918 World War I ended and it began a period of estrangement with the built. Until then, the situation is translated by Yeats decadent as a time where “the best lack all conviction” (54) and “the worst are full of passionate intensity” (54). The chaotic motion is stressed to its limits when it shows contempt for the redeemer, that means that it assumes its non-existence, and instead the chaotic motion is condensed in the coming of a beast, spawned by the chaos of World War I. The loss of certainty about the future is presented as the latent danger of death end of humanity. It is especially important to highlight the presence of animal metaphors for cultural reason: irrationality emanated from the avant-garde. Given the chaotic motion at a specified location, the characters despise rationality in a world in decline, which does not need more because it has failed whereas animals play the role of enhancing the feeling of loneliness and disappointment. The most attractive is the sphinx that emerges from the desert and is surrounded by “the shadows of the indignant desert birds” (55). Yeats might well have referred to the irrationality of war, the mythological monster that emerges suddenly, upsetting all around her environment and observes the world with a gaze blank
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