“The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats


“The Second Coming”
by William Butler 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 conviction,
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?

100 thoughts on ““The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

  1. Bereavement. Homesickness. A first kiss. Experiences like these transcend our rational understanding of the world. In such moments, we need poetry.

    That's why we're excited to have paired contemporary and classical poems with award-winning animators to help us all better understand the most inexplicable parts of life.

    Today, we published six poems in our new series "There's a Poem for That". We hope you love these poems as much as we do! Check out the whole series here:http://bit.ly/TEDEdTheresAPoemForThat

    Let us know in the comments which poems you'd love to see animated as part of this series.

  2. This is awesome, but could y'all please post the text in the description?

  3. Analyzed this poem when we were reading Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, love it

  4. Awesome job….. One of the best channel OFF YouTube…. 🙏
    Animation is awesome
    presentation is awesome
    Sounds good that's 👨

  5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing one of the best poet's W.B.Yeats as part of this series AND for having an Irish voice. W.B.Yeats is a master of words.
    From a fellow Sligonian 🙂 named after one of his poems

  6. Jesus Christ is coming back… The 2nd coming!

    The first time Jesus came as a baby in a manger, he came to be our Savior, the perfect sacrifice to take away our sins.

    His second coming… Which is coming very soon, He will be coming as judge and to make war against those who are against him (Revelation 19:11-21).

    Please be ready…

    God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us. You can not get to Heaven on your own accord…You Need Jesus! Go to Jesus NOW…

    👉 Go to Jesus Christ with a repentant & humble heart.

    AN EXAMPLE PRAYER:
    Jesus Christ, I come to you a sinner, I repent of all my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I believe you are the Son of God, that you went to the cross, died in my place, paying my sin debt and that you were buried & rose on the 3rd day to everlasting life. Jesus, right now, I choose to receive you as my Lord and my Savior, trusting in you alone for my salvation. I surrender my life to you and ask for your will to be done. I invite your Holy Spirit to come into my heart to make me more like you. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and for your gift of eternal life in Heaven. Amen!

    . . . . . . . . .

    WHY YOU NEED JESUS CHRIST:

    1)  For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23

    2)  For the wages of sin is death, but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 6:23

    3) ♡ TRUTH… God made Jesus Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:21

    4) ♡ THE GOSPEL…Jesus Christ, God the Son, went to the cross, Died in your place, Paying your sin debt…He was buried & rose on the 3rd day to everlasting life.

    WARNING… Whoever BELIEVES in the Son (Jesus Christ) has eternal life, but whoever REJECTS the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them – JOHN 3:36

  7. That was a lovely poem, I really like how the person read it as well 💯👌🏾😄

  8. I absolutely love this! Can't wait to hear what more is in store.

    I highly recommend – Since feeling is first by E. E Cummings. (Please!) 🙂

  9. This is great Irish poetry, So proud of our writers and poets and the unique addition they have made to the world

  10. Heard about this poem when I was reading Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Beautiful poem. Gave the book its title.

  11. And now to William Shakespeare with Traffic, what's it like on the BQE Bill?

  12. This has long been one of my favorite poems, though it haunts me with a feeling of dread. I know Yeats wrote it in response to WWI, but it seems terribly prescient of our current times.

  13. Can I send my poem? It's on a person's grief on death of his closed one…
    If I can send it, can you tell me how?

  14. This is probably one of the most influential and overquoted poems. So many simple, yet potent phrases: "Things Fall Apart", "The Centre Cannot Hold", "Mere Anarchy is Loosed Upon the World", "Slouching Towards Bethlehem"

    It's been referenced by Chinua Achebe, Joan Didion, countless journalists, musicians, films, TV shows, etc.

  15. I prefer Donald Trump to be the last president and I am hoping for the Rapture!!!🇺🇸🙏❤🔩🕊

  16. The second coming of "CHRIST!!!" at least that's what i thought when i clicked on this video

  17. This shows the power of poems read aloud. I remember being younger and not 'getting' poetry. Then I heard poems, good poems, recited and I learned that poems feel. They are best spoken and heard and felt. This is a perfect example from source to voice to even the simple animation. Thank you Ted Ed!

  18. Put some WW2 footage over this instead and it might be even more powerful in its message x.x

  19. Yes! Yes! Yes! Oh God! This reading does something to your heart. Something that should happen when you read this. I Love this. Please do Poe's "The Raven". With voice effects like this, effects that the poem demand.

  20. This poem was always so nightmarish to me. It’s horrifying; it makes your skin crawl. Although, it doesn’t contain any sort of ghosts, goblins, or any sort of normalized “scary” entities.
    It’s about humanity. This poem was written after WWI, and it shows how the world is falling apart.
    That, to me, is quite horrifying to think about. The Second Coming, but instead of Christ returning, it’s a dark, disturbing beast. The end of innocence.

    This, however, is simply my interpretation, as this poem is a piece of written artwork (I have utilized some messages that I have found in this poem and concluded with this overall theme). Everyone may find a different purpose of the poem that speaks to them!

  21. This is one of those poems which gives me goosebumps every time I read it, and forces me to delve into deep contemplations. Both the presentation and the voice are excellent. Thanks Ted!

  22. 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 conviction, 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?

  23. Read this poem just last week. I see one of my issues with poetry is that I don’t read it with emotion like this – partially because I am unsure of the meaning and then hesitant to decide on a tone:

  24. Excellent poem. And a very wise prediction. The world in so much misery will cry out for Christ and the Second Coming… thinking of rapture, and not fearing Revelation, not preparing for the coming of the Beast, who will unite the whole world under one tyranny. This will happen, before Christ comes… and many will mistake the Anti-Christ, and call him "God."

  25. "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Damn. What a line.

  26. Pleaseeeeeee continue the series😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  27. Pleaseeeeeee continue the series😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  28. Please make one of A Vision In A Dream. A Fragment by Samuel Taylor Coleridge or In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

  29. This narrator was perfect for this poem. I couldn't, even for my life, watch this video in a dark room. He conveyed the message and emotion perfectly! So powerful! Like I cannot stress enough how very impressed I am, BRAVO!!

  30. I think this describes how I'll how I feel about all those recent shootings.

  31. I absolutely love this poem and the animation is fantastic👏🏼

  32. As a Turk, I like your channel very much. I hope your channel grows even more. You deserve it. Your greatest good is that there is subtitle in your videos.

  33. I think, the second coming is not of Jesus but something horrible.

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