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The Second Coming

The Second Coming


by William Butler Yeats

The Second Coming Resources


"Four Winds"

Here’s the indie songwriter Bright Eyes performing "Four Winds," a song with lyrics inspired by "The Second Coming."

Law & Order

The guy from Law & Order reads "The Second Coming" to Anthony Hopkins. Nice accent, Sam.


Yeats's Voice
There aren’t many recordings of Yeats’s voice out there, but here he is as an old man reading the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree."



An image of interlocking gyres

The Sphinx

A photo of the famous sphinx in Egypt


Online Exhibition

An online virtual exhibition about W.B. Yeats presented by the National Library of Ireland.

Yeats and History

A site that explains more about Yeats’s theory that history moves in gyres.

"The Second Coming" in the 21st Century

This editorial from the New York Times talks about the recent impact of Yeats’s poem.

Poet Biography

A biography of Yeats and links to many of his poems

The Book of Revelation

Tons of stuff on the Book of Revelation, including links to the text itself in several translations.

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