In "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats, Yeats uses allusions, symbols, and vivid imagery to convey his cynical and despondent tone about the new evil, corrupt, and immoral era following World War I. Yeats begins the poem with an image of a "widening gyre" or a vortex of spiraling motion. This image immediately implies the chaos and disorder in a society that is spiraling wider and wider out of control and becoming more corrupt. Yeats elaborates on and supports this idea with "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold" and "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world" to further symbolize how the universe is collapsing with confusion and the absence of principles. Yeats also implies the danger and disaster to come with an image of a falcon who "cannot hear the falconer" to further illustrate suspense and danger that humanity is facing. This image also suggests that similar to the falcon that is flying around in a "widening gyre, society has wandered too far away from its morals and is doomed with curruption.
Browning uses revealing vocabulary, decisive comparisons, and alliteration to truly reveal the persona in a unique way. Firstly, the persona is seen to be a wicked, dishonest, and depraved through the very strong usage of word choice. Additionally, Browning uses juxtaposition to show how the persona is so intact with the world of envy and deception. Finally, it becomes clear that conclusively the persona is a anger stricken and furious human being through the definite usage of alliteration. The persona is revealed to be a very jealous and sadistic person that sees killing as the answer which exposes her to be a psychopathic person.
Drenched in a dark pessimism, and nightmarish imagery, Yeat’s intent with “The Second Coming” from a text-based perspective, is a prophetic warning to post-WWI Europe. As the narrator is personal - despite his minimal use of first person - and orates alike a prophet who’s illustrating a desolate vision he’s witnessing in real-time. The first stanza is the portrayal of his vision. A collapsing post-WWI society, sitting on and than exceeding the threshold of crisis, represented by symbolic lines such as: “the blood-dimmed tide is loosed.” Which refers to society exceeding the aforesaid threshold of crisis, and the resulting violence. The poem also highlights mans creeping separation from Christian ideologies, though with ambiguity.
The powerful introduction of September first 1939 by W.H Auden describes the disappointing spiral that caused humanity to lose its character in the decade of 1930’s. His main focus is to allow the reader to view that society as a whole had been blinded by their personal lives. Allowing issues in our lives to dictate what we do is dangerous and furthermore prevents us from interacting productively in society. Auden’s purpose is to get the reader to realize that mankind is strong and that when it works together it can accomplish anything including building massive structures. A house divided cannot stand, similarly when the human race is at war, or indulging in belligerent activity’s we bring our own downfall.
Along with the real world, the novel and the memoir emphasize that jealousy is a destructive emotion. Jealousy twists characters’ hearts, harms through symbols, and causes dreadful turns in the plots. Bottled up, the green-eyed monster can trigger craziness. Unleashed, the beast creates destruction. Works Cited ENotes.
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;” The thought of "things fall apart" may still be talking about the falcon. The second part of the line, "the centre cannot hold," is crowded with a governmental connection. “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,” “The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned;” This explains how water will engulf us in a way, which seems similar to Noah’s Arc and the flood. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” “The best” and “the worst” may b...
The thought of this is just downright abhorrent. Lastly, in page 94, lines 192-194, the narrator yells, “‘Villains!’ I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed - tear up the planks! -here, here! -it is the beating of his hideous heart!’” The narrator’s final descent into madness is the most terrifying part of the text, mainly because this can happen in real life.
When Milton uses the phrase "terrible as hell," he is saying it is so terrible; it is beyond any humans' comprehension. To create horror, Milton uses dark words to build up evil imagery, e.g. "fierce as ten furies, terrible as hell." Using these extreme adjectives consecutively, it is as if we can picture the beast growing as the description continues. Another thing that helps illustrate the mental picture of the scene is the introduction of shadow and darkness: "Black it stood as night."
. that after all our efforts doom is there for all of us” (48). In Part I of Beowulf the poet establishes Beowulf as an incomparable superman and celebrates his greatness. The occasion for this was the unfortunate situation which Grendel had created in the court of King Hrothgar, Heorot, where there was considerable sorrow due to the uncontrollable ravaging of the monster: So Healfdene’s son brooded continually over his sorrows; the wise men could not ward off the trouble. The strife was too great, hateful, long-lasting, that had come to the nation, cruel spirit’s envy, gigantic night-evil.
Describing the world as “a dungeon dank” (661) like he does in Spleen LXXXI can be connected to his view of the world full of “infatuation, sadism, lust, [and] avarice” (656) in To the Reader; the world is hopeless, full of vulgarity, and beyond salvation. Boredom, being the root of all sins in To the Reader is revisited in Spleen LXXXI even though it isn’t explicitly stated. The first three stanzas start with the same word giving this poem a boring feeling and flow to it. It is this boredom, bought about by the loathsome state of the world, which allows grief to plant “his black banner on” his “drooping skull” (661).