The poem "The Second Coming" is written in blank verse, which means it has a regular meter but no rhyme scheme. It does not appear to follow any formal tradition, with 22 lines separated into two stanzas. However, the second stanza includes fourteen lines, which makes it the same length as a sonnet.
Blank verse is common in modern poetry because it is easy to write and requires little knowledge of other forms of poetry. The Second World War may have had an influence on its development in England. Many soldiers returned home after the war married women from working class families, many of whom had never read a book before then. If they wanted to write something passionate or even just about their love life, there were no great poems to show them how it should be done. So writers such as John Donne and Michael Drayton invented a new kind of poetry that was simple, direct, and emotional, rather than mysterious or classical.
Many poets today still use blank verse when they want to write about something contemporary. For example, Bob Dylan wrote most of his early songs in blank verse style. Harry Dean Stanton uses it for most of his interviews. It is also popular with novelists because they can describe the scene without worrying about whether or not it fits together with other scenes in a poem or a story.
Stanza form is another common type of poetry used by poets to express themselves.
Analysis and Interpretation of "The Second Coming" The poem "The Second Coming" is divided into two stanzas, the first of which has eight verses and the second of which contains fourteen verses. It has a blank verse rhyme system. This means that every line of the poem ends with an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. Thus, "birth - death - birth - marriage - loss - birth - fame" (line 1) and so on.
This form of poetry was very popular in the early modern era and beyond. Many great poems were written in blank verse including "Paradise Lost" by Milton and "The Divine Comedy" by Dante. Today, it is still used to express grand ideas or events.
In addition to the rhymes, there are other patterns used throughout the poem such as alliteration (repeating consonants at the start of lines), assonance (similar sounding words that end up being repeated in different forms throughout the poem), and consonance (words that sound like each other but aren't exactly the same). These elements combine to create a rhythm that readers can follow as they read.
Stanza form is another way of looking at "The Second Coming". A stanza is a section of a poem consisting of three lines with an unstressed middle line.
Literary Elements of the Second Coming
In what ways does "The Second Coming" represent the historical setting in which it was written? "The Second Coming" was written shortly after World War I, in response to the Irish War of Independence and the Bolshevik Revolution. The poem was also composed during a period of civil strife in Ireland. The poet presumes that Jesus will return to Earth at some point in the future, with God's kingdom being established then.
Jesus will return to Earth when all human activity comes to an end because everyone will be dead. When Jesus returns, he will judge those who have died over time so that they can be put into either heaven or hell. Those who have lived good lives will go to heaven while others will be sent to hell. The poet assumes that everyone will die and no one will be saved so there is no hope for anyone.
Those who believe in Jesus' return will be saved from his coming judgment while others won't be so they will face his wrath. The poet uses images like these to explain how the world will end because of Jesus' return: "No more wars, no more pain; death will be the final gain." (2)
The poet also explains that Jesus' return will bring justice to Earth by killing all the bad people and letting the good people live.
W.B. Yeats' most renowned poem is "The Second Coming." The opening line of the poem depicts a world of chaos, confusion, and misery. The second, lengthier verse imagines the speaker obtaining a vision of the future, but instead of Jesus' glorious return, the vision depicts the coming of a monstrous beast. This beast is said to be the end time figure of Death. He is followed by a multitude of other monsters who proceed to destroy everything in their path.
Yeats wrote several more poems about the coming of the second lord. Many readers see these poems as warnings about the dangers of fascism and communism. Others view them as prophecies about the rise of the computer industry or the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It is possible to read between the lines and draw your own conclusions about modern day events.
Here are some of the more famous lines from "The Second Coming":
When the stars threw down their spears, and watered heaven with their tears, and the moon changed her tune to the nightingale...
Then was heard the sound of wings, rushing through the sky; and every soul turned its face to the ground, because fear had come upon all flesh. But after the beating of my heart, I heard another voice, saying: "Behold, the kingdom of God is come near you".