"The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats

War, anarchy, destruction ... William Butler Yeats's poem "The Second Coming" has a little something for everyone! With episode four from season one of the "There's a Poem for That" playlist, scholars watch an animated version of the poem. Graphics and abstract shapes add to the feeling of chaos as the narrator recites the poem. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite individuals to write a similar poem detailing a catastrophe
  • Have small groups write a research report about William Butler Yeats
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires speakers and projection
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes a link to a video analysis
  • The poem comes to life with captivating narration 
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