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The Second Coming and Symbolism

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on 16 September 2015

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Transcript of The Second Coming and Symbolism

"The Second
Coming"

An image, character, object, or action that stands for something beyond itself or gives rise to a number of associations.

What is a SYMBOL?
Stands from the alternation between two historical cycles: one characterized by order and growth, the other by chaos and decay.
Comparable to the Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang.

GYRE
Associated violence, but not the kind of uncontrolled, chaotic violence that characterized WWI.
According to the Bible, falcons are present at the apocalypse.

FALCON
Sphinx, located in Egypt.
Christ tempted in the desert by Satan and Jews held as slaves.

SPHINX
Second Coming = Christ's return to Earth/apocalypse
Anarchy = Satan's rule on Earth before Christ comes back
Blood-dimmed tide = deadly flood

Biblical References
SPIRITUS MUNDI
Yeats had an interest in the occult.
"soul of the world"...spirit world of images and symbols that Yeats believed to have been traditionally available to the most perceptive people.
Yeats thought that the best symbols couldn’t ever be fully explained in words.

Suggests that while society has felt relative peacefulness, they have been oblivious to the doom coming upon them.

SLEEP
Find and Annotate:
blood-dimmed tide
Second Coming
Spiritus Mundi
sleep
gyre
falcon
a line that references
the sphinx
anarchy
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