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Title: The Second Coming
Source: Poetry Foundation
URL Source: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43290/the-second-coming
Published: Jul 13, 1919
Author: William Butler Yeats
Post Date: 2020-07-13 18:05:02 by Bill D Berger
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Comments: 1

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 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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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.

I was watching the TV mini-series The Stand

After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a malevolent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Anyways, in the movie, General Starkey quotes part of this poem after the shit completely hits the fan.

Written 100 years ago - this section describes perfectly where we are right now.

Bill D Berger  posted on  2020-07-13   18:14:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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