The Second Coming, Among School Children, Leda And The SwanBy William Butler Yeats

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Humans are expected to have morals, but humanity needs both ethics and immorality in their lives, challenging societies way of thinking throughout time, creating textual integrity. To gain textual integrity, texts must challenge society in a way that endures time. William Butler Yeats’s poetry, has effectively explored challenging and lasting dualities cornering ethics and morals in humanity, particularly within The Second Coming (1919), Among School Children (1928) and Leda and the Swan (1928). Within Yeats modernist context, the evil in the world was sourced from the war, while religion was symbolic of the good in humanity, which has continued into contemporary culture. Yeats explores how unethical experiences effects one’s perspective of the world. The immoral elements of society are necessary for good and change to occur. Despite common beliefs of society, humanity need both good and evil experiences to create a balance in their life.
Humanity is expected to be ethical, but experiences exposes humans to the immoral aspects of society, which can affect their perspective. World War One began due to the imperialist powers in Europe creating a disconnect between countries because of the power they desired, as explored within the Second Coming. By using metaphoric imagery “The falcon cannot hear the falconer”, Yeats conveys the disconnect and loss of control major powers in Europe were experiencing. The allegorical references to imperialism mirrors the ignorance of the

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