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The Second Coming


1. `Turning and turning in the widening gyre'
a. Gyre
i. Geometrical shape
ii. Each gyre rotates towards a maximum expansion and
then a new gyre starts in the center of the previous
iii. Contextual info
1. Written at time of fundamental change
2. Contraction of English…

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5. `The ceremony of innocence is drowned'
a. He believed innocence is fabrication born of religion and belief
b. Harsh reality of war has killed belief
6. `Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at
hand'
a. People at that time believed the beast had come,…

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to scare away nature
10. `That twenty centuries of stony sleep/ Were vexed to a
nightmare by a rocking cradle'
a. Yeats is likening Christianity ot the stone in the stream
i. Easter 19916 `the stone's in the midst of all'
b. Since the birth of Christ the world has…

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