Read Yeats The Second Coming and consider why Achebe would choose this as the

Read yeats the second coming and consider why achebe

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Read Yeats’ “The Second Coming” and consider why Achebe would choose this as the title for his book. Based on your thoughts and feelings about the poem, indicate in the chart below any possible connections between the poem and Achebe’s novel. Note to Teacher: Answers will vary. Because the diction, metaphor, and symbols may be too difficult for some students, you may want to teach the poem before giving this assignment. “The Second Coming” begins with a scene in which the falconer loses his falcon‚ and because of this‚ his world begins to fall apart. The “gyre” grows wider and wider as anarchy begins and rebellion runs rampant. The title of the novel comes from the third line of the poem. When things do fall apart‚ the images created indicate death and destruction as seen in the “blood- dimmed tide” and innocence drowning. The second stanza begins with a promise of salvation alluding to the biblical prediction of the Second Coming of Christ. However‚ as the poem continues‚ the prophecy is not pleasant‚ but instead reveals a monstrous figure approaching‚ which promises further evil and doom. Yeats believed that the world was on the threshold of possible doom following the devastation of World War I. His poem reflects his views on the end of the world’s innocence and the possible chaos resulting from it. As students read the poem‚ they will most likely garner the negative connotations and images. You may have to spend some time explaining the connotations and symbolic meanings hidden in the message of the poem. A variation of this assignment can be given after studying the entire novel. “The Second Coming” Things Fall Apart Answers will vary. Example: The poem begins by creating an image of chaos as the bird flies from his master‚ and things begin to fall apart. Anarchy gives a sense of total rebellion. Words such as “blood-dimmed tide” and “drowned” create a feeling of possible doom or horror. In the second stanza‚ there appears to be a promise of hope‚ but then as the poem ends‚ the image is seen as animal-like and rough. The reference to the second coming of Christ should suggest peace and comfort‚ but because the lion has a pitiless gaze and moves slowly while desert birds circle‚ the reader feels fear and anxiety. Answers will vary. Example: Based on the poem‚ the novel must be about some horror or terrifying event. The world in the novel probably turns chaotic and the people rebel. There may be some natural disaster‚ and as the people begin to rise above the destruction‚ they are led by an enemy in disguise‚ much like the lion in the poem. There could be some themes based on religion or spirituality because of the reference to the second coming of Christ.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Pre-Reading Making Literary Connections Objective: Understanding the connection between various literary works Activity Chinua Achebe takes the title of his novel Things Fall Apart from “The Second Coming,” a poem by William Butler Yeats. Viewing the destruction and catastrophe of World War I, Yeats feared a rise in
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