Essay about Poetry Analysis of The Second Coming by Yeats

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THE SECOND COMING
By William Butler Yeats, 1922 Mr. Yeats relates his vision, either real or imagined, concerning prophesies of the days of the Second coming. The writer uses the Holy Bible scripture text for his guide for because no one could explain this period of time without referring to the Holy Bible. He has chosen to present it in the form of a poem, somewhat like the quatrains of Nostradamus. The poem does not cover all the details of this event, but does give the beginning of the powerful messages, and a dark look at those ominous days surrounding the Second Coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps he is trying in his own words to warn everyone about the end time days. I
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Truly in Matthew 24 we find Jesus, the Lord Himself, revealing what those days will be like. Below I have attempted a line-by-line interpretation of Mr. Yeats vision in “The Second Coming”. Please note - NOT ALL prophesy scriptures have been used, only those I felt would be in relation to this poetry work. Also some prophesies are not in order, but are arranged to follow Mr. Yeats poetry verses.

(For a complete understanding of the end time, one should study the entire texts as written.)

Matthew 24: 3-7.
3) And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately saying tell us when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?
5) Many shall come in my name and deceive many.
6) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but the end is not yet.
7) Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, pestilence'-t, and earthquakes in divers (unknown) places. 8) All these are but the beginning of sorrows.
THE SECOND COMING * (versus are bolded letters)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre:
Gyre: A round shape formed by concentric circles, (concentric meaning "having a common center") A circoular or spiral motion or form, a good example is the whirling of the oceans currents spiraling away and then inwards. (Mirium-Webster)
I believe he uses the gyre to explain that the world powers, governments
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