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“The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats By: Kevin Li, Joseph Barbati

Epigraph

• beginning of work • phrase, quotation, or poem • Shows the theme

The Difference Between…

• Epigraph-Brief intro quote • Epithet-Descriptive Words • Epitaph-Inscription on Tombstone

R I P

Here lies the body of Jonathon Blake who stepped on the gas instead of the brake.

William B. Yeats

• Born in Dublin, Ireland • Poet, playwright • Used symbolic Imagery

Allusion

• A figure of speech • References a place, event, art, etc.

Allusions in the Poem

• The Sphinx • The Rough Beast 6

How Poem Relates to Book

• 4 lines from the poem act as the epigraph.

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Citations

• Merriman, C.D.. "William Butler Yeats - Biography and Works. Search Texts, Read Online. Discuss.."

Summaries

literature.com/yeats/>.

The Literature Network: Online classic literature, poems, and quotes. Essays &

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David Stevenson's Homepage

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• "epigram/epigraph/epitaph/epithet."

Washington State University Pullman, Washington

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