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A collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916."
"The Second Coming" is viewed as a prophetic poem that envisions the close of the Christian epoch and the violent birth of a new age. The poem's title makes reference to the Biblical reappearance of Christ, prophesied in Matthew 24 and the Revelations of St. John, which accordi...more
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Published (first published August 29th 2010)
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Ken Moten
So I may be cheating or contradicting myself in relation to my view of Dover Beach but I feel I have a good case here (that am I am proudly bias toward this genre).

The Second Coming is W.B. Yeats' masterpiece of post-WWI poetry. Like many in his circle he was in an absolute state of shock and horror at the breakout and aftermath of the first world war. At that time many though such a thing could not happen in a post-enlightenment, newly industrialized world, that had traded in faith for reason...more
Judy Croome
Given my own interest in astrology and mysticism, I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to discover Yeats. This collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916," was a good place to start, although I need to read more on his philosophy as described in his book “A Vision” to fully benefit from reading his poetry.

In this anthology, my favourite is “The Second Coming.” A superb, haunting poem, Yeat’s description of “the widening gyres” resonated deeply. T...more
Vanessa
I had to read some of Yeats poems for an English class, one of which was The Second Coming. This poem really caught my attention because it reminded me of some bible teachings I heard growing up, specifically the book of Revelation. Yeats describes a chaos or destruction that leads to this second coming which can summaries the book of Revelations. The beginning of chapter 20 in the book of Revelation says describes an angel with a key to the abyss who captures Satan and throws him into the abyss...more
Robert Jones
I feel a little silly reviewing this. I mean, it's Yeats. I only started reading this because I had just recently watched Equilibrium and wanted to track down that poem that Sean Bean read before he gets shot in the face. Note: that poem is not in this collection. Also, SPOILERS.

I don't like most poetry. It's a little too high-concept and abstract for my tastes, especially when the poets are using slightly antiquated language (what is a gyre? how, exactly, is it pernned?) Yeats has excellent use...more
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William Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, se...more
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