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Comment on the differences and similarities between The second coming and Things Fall apart and an extended study guide by Uni Student and edited by a professor William Butler Yeats The Second Coming 1921 Yeats was attracted to the spiritual and occult world and fashioned for himself an elaborate mythology to explain human experience The Second Coming written after the catastrophe of World War I and with communism and fascism rising is a compelling glimpse of an inhuman world about to be born Yeats believed that history in part moved in two thousand-year cycles The Christian era which followed that of the ancient world was about to give way to an ominous period represented by the rough pitiless beast in the poem Turning and turning in the widening gyre 1 The falcon cannot hear the falconer Things fall apart the center 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 Surely some revelation is at hand Surely the Second Coming 2 is at hand The Second Coming Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi 3 Troubles my sight somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun Is moving its slow thighs while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries 4 of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle And what rough beast its hour come round at last Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born Notes 1 Spiral making the figure of a cone 2 Second Coming refers to the promised return of Christ on Doomsday the
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