Viewing the destruction and catastrophe of world war

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William Butler Yeats. Viewing the destruction and catastrophe of World War I, Yeats feared a rise in communism and future global tragedy. He wrote his poem as a glimpse into the world that could arise from the results of the war. 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. S - 11 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart “The Second Coming” Things Fall Apart
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T - 12 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world‚ The blood-dimmed tide is loosed‚ and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all convictions‚ while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man‚ A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun‚ Is moving its slow thighs‚ while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle‚ And what rough beast‚ its hour come round at last‚ Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world‚ The blood-dimmed tide is loosed‚ and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all convictions‚ while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man‚ A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun‚ Is moving its slow thighs‚ while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle‚ And what rough beast‚ its hour come round at last‚ Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? S - 13 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 14 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Pre-Reading Journal Writing Objective: Identifying with literary concepts Activity In Things Fall Apart, the author conveys the importance of a culture through the many rituals and customs of the Nigerian people. One of the first customs shown in the novel occurs when the main character, Okonkwo, breaks and shares a kola nut with visitors in his home. An important ritual
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