“The Second Coming” By: William Butler Yeats Vocabulary Words Gyre: Anarchy: Conviction: Revelation: Indignant: Vexed: Allusions Blood-dimmed tide Revelation Second Coming Spiritus Mundi Shape of lion and the head of a man (stony sleep) Slouched toward Bethlehem Images The falcon and the falconer Also, see allusions Tone Prophetic Who is the prophet? What is the answer to the riddle at the end of the poem? Who is the riddler? Other information: Yeats, himself, described this poem as a reaction to the “growing murderous of the world”. World War II and the Black and Tan were influences of this idea. How doe sthe information help you interpret the prophecy?