What structure does the poet employ in the first stanza of "the second coming"? a) he gives examples that point to a problem of lost innocence in modern society. b) he warns of an effect that results from avoiding traditional customs. c) he compares and contrasts innocence and violence. d) he argues that society promotes its problems.
I think it's A) He gives examples that point to a problem of lost innocence in modern society.
A) He gives examples that point to a problem of lost innocence in modern society.
The first stanza of "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats is as follows:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
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;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
We can see innocence clearly mentioned as something being drowned while chaos takes over the world. This poem is interpreted as a prediction of horrifying acts by mankind, such as World War II and Nazism. According to the speaker, the world has lost its guidance, its center, and is now caving in. Only a Second Coming - biblical reference to the return of Jesus Christ, when everyone will be judged for their sins - will purify this Earth.
The second stanza has fourteen lines.The structure of the second stanza , then is that of a sonnet.There are some differences with the classical sonnet which have to be taken into account.For instance, the fact that the sentences in the stanza do not rhyme.It has a iambic pentameter meter, roughly speaking.