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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.

Which of the following best characterizes the relations of the rhetorical device to its effect in lines 9-11 (“Surely some…Second Coming!”)?

A

The use of parallelism reflects the speaker’s repeated attempts to rationalize what he sees.

B

The use of personification signals the coming of the creature at the end of the stanza.

C

The use of juxtaposition suggests the disconnect between what the speaker sees and feels

D

The use of archaisms reflect the speaker’s reference to an ancient prophecy.

E

The use of elliptical construction corresponds to the tense and anxious mood.

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