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Visual presentation:

A visual presentation of a literary work assembles images that help clarify the work’s meaning and enhance readers’ appreciation of it. Prepare and deliver a visual presentation of one of the poems. (the poem is on the last page)

(one slide) In your presentation, you need to include: A diagram detailing Yeats’s vision of history, including his belief in “gyres” and various cycles. Map the images in Yeats’s poem to your diagram.

In your presentation you need to guide readers to understand the poems and support each point you make by analyzing the explicit and implicit meanings of the text, quoting text evidence.

Review the Poem. (one slide) Outline the explicit and implicit meanings in the poem: 

  • Explicit meanings are stated directly by the poet. Your audience may benefit if you paraphrase the poet’s explicit meaning in simpler terms.

  • Implicit meanings are meanings implied or suggested by the poet’s choice of words and details. Make inferences about implicit meanings based on text evidence as well as background material on the poet.

(one slide) you can fill the slide up completely and use as low as size 8 font, if needed. Once you have analyzed your poem, create a  script and devise a plan for integrating visuals. Use this chart to identify and source visual elements for the introduction, body, and conclusion of your presentation, as well as to determine how you will produce or acquire each visual.







You will need to have TWO parts of this assignment—the script and the visual element(s): You can include all in the slideshow!!!

Slideshow should have 3 slides, do NOT need a title page!


The Second Coming

William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

5 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,^1

Surely some revelation is at hand;

10 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^ 3

15 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 ^4 of stony sleep

20 Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,^ 5

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?