A Discourse on “Second Coming” By William Butler Yeats

Oddly enough, I wrote a poem about the “Sphynx” and it’s an image about the apocalypse. Which, I came to this poem by William Butler Yeats, and he mentioned “Spiritus Mundi”, which would be something similar to my description of the “Davidic Archetype”. To avoid any unnecessary discourse, “Spiritus Mundi” means “Spirit World”, but the two concepts are identical.

And, I can’t get through this, how interesting it is that I come up with a poem about the Sphynx, twisting its shoulder blades even, almost exactly the same idea and imagery. The notion of the Sphynx in my mythology came from a weird hybrid animal born in a lab. Of course, Yeats describes the Sphinx, but doesn’t say that’s what it is. I know, from having pictures of Egypt, what a Sphynx looks like, but I arrived at the conclusion from YouTube.

It’s interesting to me. What’s even more interesting is how the LORD says, “By two or three witnesses my Law shall be established.” I would never expect to see another poem relating the Sphynx in so similar a fashion, especially linking it to End Days Eschatology.

The poem is misinterpreted, though. Yeat’s ethos skewed the meaning of the poem. The poem is not saying that the “Sphynx” is Christ, but rather the “Sphynx” is coming to gobble up the child. It’s plain to me that’s what the poem means, even if the Poet was unintentional in describing it. That would be the Seventh Trumpet when the Dragon tries to swallow up the Child Christ.

Which, Egypt is likened to a Dragon or Serpent in the Scripture’s poetry; so, it’s very likely that the Sphynx archetype is being used here in two distinct places to describe something specific. As Hosea says, the Prophets speak in similitudes, that would mean parables.

The story here is imperative. Perhaps the Sphynx in Egypt has something to do with the Dragon of Egypt or the Nile. It’s interesting to me that both poets, myself and Yeats, come to this imagination cogently and lucidly, separately, and without having read one another’s poems.

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