Internal Conflict In The Second Coming By William Butler Yeats

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Internal Conflict in William Butler Yeats “The Second Coming” Lyric poetry is the rhythmic sound of words, usually found in English and Italian sonnets. The writer uses it to create a mood and emotion in the poem by telling us how they feel. It is the conflict found within the writer that dictates how they interpret that the world is against what they believe it should be. Internal Conflict occurs between the speaker and the world in which they live, in William Butler Yeats “The Second Coming” the speaker 's worldview is at odds with the world 's. In this essay, I will demonstrate the conflict between the speaker and the world by showing how the speaker answers three questions that reveal his worldview: why are we here? what is wrong with us? how do we fix the problem? According to the speaker, we are here to prepare for the second coming of God because it is in the near future. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned” (Yeats (3-6)). The author uses the phrase “things fall apart” to symbolize chaos, which is later supported by him claiming that there will be “mere anarchy” loosed. Also “the blood- dimmed tide” symbolizes death followed by the drowning of innocence. The overall mood of the poem is dark and wary, for the author believes that the second coming is indeed at hand, which is interpreted be the end of the world. Later on, he

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