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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.34 pp.257-274

A Discourse on The Waste Land and “The Second Coming” from the Perspective on the Coming Days

Shin HyunHo


The purpose of this paper is to survey the perspective of the coming days ofthose two poets, Yeats and Eliot, comparing “The Second Coming” and The WasteLand.
Both Yeats’s “Second Coming” and Eliot’s The Waste Land present a renewalprocess, but each one focuses on different goals and subjects; Eliot on a particularperson’s transformation, whereas Yeats predicts a switch of the entire world as aresult of an escalation of chaos. And while Yeats attempts to present a definitepicture of what he believes will happen at the time of this renovation, as a humanbeing, lack of foresight leaves him to conclude with nothing more than anunanswerable question. Eliot, on the other hand, uses ambiguity to support anddevelop his theme: death is the way to rebirth. But for Eliot this rebirth, whichmust be necessarily obscure and extremely perplexing to the newly-born. In contrast,Yeats maintains a pessimistic tone created by his futility on the bleak situation.
Though the two poets see the present similarly, their religious differences causethem to view the future differently, consequently Eliot’s The Waste Land has amuch more hopeful theme than Yeats’s “The Second Coming.”


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