"The Second Coming" describes William Butler Yeats' views about the universe and the future, and the vision is chaotic and unpleasant, a dark twisting of the conventional beliefs about the afterlife as expressed in the New Testament. The imagery and the structure mirror the dark meanings at work in the poem.Know More
The images in the poem are frightening omens of things to come in the future. The falcon is turning in an ever-widening spiral, beyond the point where it can hear the falconer controlling it. This loss of control is a reflection of events in the world, where "the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned." The people in the world with ethics have lost their sense of purpose, but the people with the darkest intentions retain their "passionate intensity."
These images make the speaker move on to a vision of the "Second Coming," but this is not a Messiah but instead the collective spirit of humanity: a sphinx in the midst of the desert that has a "gaze as blank and pitiless as the sun." The poem's violent, stunning imagery suggests that the Second Coming is not to be as glorious as the Church would suggest.Learn more about Poetry
William Carlos Williams' poem "Spring and All" is about how the beauty of spring slowly blossoms out of the dreary winter. Williams' poetry often focused on the details of ordinary people facing everyday situations.Full Answer >
The poem "Thanatopsis," by William Cullen Bryant is a reflection about life and death. The word "thanatopsis" means to think about death. "Thanatopsis" went through many stages of revision over the course of 8 to 10 years.Full Answer >
William Henry Davies' poem, "Leisure," is about people being too busy, and worrying about trivial things at the expense of their leisure time. This causes people to miss out on many beautiful and pleasing aspects of nature, including blooming flowers and the feeling of the wind. The poem also mentions how people have ignored nature because they are preoccupied with material goods.Full Answer >
The poem "Bonsai" by Edith Tiempo is about love and how people imbue certain objects with love for a person, and those objects become the symbol of love. Edith Tiempo starts out her poem by describing what she does with love. She folds it to make it smaller so that she can keep it in a box, hollow post or shoe. Because love is an abstract concept and has no physical form, she is obviously talking about objects.Full Answer >