The Second Coming

Read the poem again and answer the questions
• The image of the falcon and the falconer begins the poem. Draw a picture of what Yeats means?
What happens over time, as the bird gets further away from the falconer?
Define the word “Gyre”
• When the center cannot hold, what happens?
• What happens to the ceremony of innocence?
What drowns it?
What could be an example of an innocent ceremony?
• What is happening to the world?
What happens to the “best”?
What happens to the “worst”
• What is “The Second Coming”?
What is supposed to happen there?
• What image does Yeats see out in the desert?
Why is it having a nightmare?
Why is a cradle doing it?
• Where in the world, today, are “things falling apart”?