William Butler Yeats ' The Second Coming

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In William Butler Yeats ' The Second Coming, the poet makes phrases such as; “the best lack of conviction of stony sleep" (19) and "the falcon cannot hear the falconer" (2). The phrases are useful in suggesting various thematic concerns of the poem as well asserting separation of ideas and events that occur during the time when Yeats is writing his work. Different interpretations of the stanzas may bring a connection of the antagonism of people and events that Yeats foresees. For instance, the falcon separates from the falconer, the lion having the head of a human being (sphinx) and things falling apart indicate contradicting forces that work to build history at the time. The analysis of the poem is on the basis of contradicting forces that separate modernity from the ancient world.
Yeats introduces the poem by referring to a falcon that flies away from the falconer who happens to release it. Shockingly, the falcon cannot hear its master but it continues wheeling at far distance from the falconer. The separation between the falcon and the falconer presents a metaphorical incidence that is worth to interpret. For instance, it is possible that the disassociation represent the young ones, acting as falcons, and separate themselves from the old order of the society. Notably, the modern children may be adopting new societal principles different from the ones that their parents and grandparents prescribe during the Yeats’ time. Such societal engagements may touch on music, new…
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