William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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The Second Coming

Rating: 4.9
TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
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.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of i{Spiritus Mundi}
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
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 of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at laSt,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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COMMENTS
Michael Walker 30 June 2020
A critical, but devastating poem about what Yeats made of the modern world. There is anarchy and needless bloodshed, and no hope of a Second Coming of Jesus. Instead: ' And what rough beast, its hour come at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? ' This is largely what I see now in the world.
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Chinedu Dike 08 November 2019
A free flight of creativity on winged immagination. An awesome creation by an intricate and a sober mind.
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Michael Walker 27 July 2019
This is definitely one of Yeats' best poems. It is pessimistic but visionary. 'And what rough beast.../Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? ' Great ending.
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Spock The Vegan 14 July 2019
Autoplay takes all the feeling out of the poem - just like my English teacher in High School made us do. What nonsense!
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albert scott 04 May 2019
and the number was 666
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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 12 November 2018
So nice poem.............Best poem......So amazing thought.........Beautiful....
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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 12 November 2018
So nice poem.............Best poem......So amazing thought.........
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Nicholas Power 04 October 2018
a typo in line twelve (italics?) and in the second 'laSt' line
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Larry L. Meyer 07 August 2018
Willie had Trump in Mind.
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G. Strazzanti 25 July 2018
Autoplay version of these poems is an attempt to kill them. I would send you a record if only I had a way to do that. At least remove those soul lacking voice tracks and simply leave the majestic words.
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