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Colon in First Three Lines

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The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats, 1920

Yeats, William Butler. "The Second Coming." Poets.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

The use of the colon in line 13

A

shifts the lines into a direct address of the beast.

B

signals a transition into a series of descriptions.

C

continues the author’s pattern of ungrammatical punctuation.

D

offsets a series of sentence fragments from the stanza’s complete sentences.

E

designates his sight as a new personified speaker.