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The Second Coming

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A collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916."
"The Second Coming" is viewed as a prophetic poem that envisions the close of the Christian epoch and the violent birth of a new age. The poem's title makes reference to the Biblical reappearance of Christ, prophesied in Matthew 24 and the Revelations of St. John, which accordi
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Published (first published August 29th 2010)
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Ken Moten
From October 26, 2012:

So I may be cheating or contradicting myself in relation to my view of Dover Beach but I feel I have a good case here (that and I am proudly bias toward this genre).

The Second Coming is W.B. Yeats' masterpiece of post-WWI poetry. Like many in his circle he was in an absolute state of shock and horror at the breakout and aftermath of the first world war. At that time, many thought such a thing could not happen in a post-enlightenment, newly industrialized world, that had tr
Aug 09, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing
This poem is perhaps a divination of the thing that in the early 21st Century would come to pass. It meant different things of course. But one cannot look at the Middle East and Europe today and fail to see the incredible words of this poem. And the force of its signifiers.
Amazing stuff. 5 stars.
Judy Croome
Aug 09, 2011 Judy Croome rated it really liked it
Given my own interest in astrology and mysticism, I’m surprised it’s taken me so long to discover Yeats. This collection of 15 of Yeats' most famous poems, including "The Second Coming" and "Easter, 1916," was a good place to start, although I need to read more on his philosophy as described in his book “A Vision” to fully benefit from reading his poetry.

In this anthology, my favourite is “The Second Coming.” A superb, haunting poem, Yeat’s description of “the widening gyres” resonated deeply. T
Mar 06, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
I had to read some of Yeats poems for an English class, one of which was The Second Coming. This poem really caught my attention because it reminded me of some bible teachings I heard growing up, specifically the book of Revelation. Yeats describes a chaos or destruction that leads to this second coming which can summaries the book of Revelations. The beginning of chapter 20 in the book of Revelation says describes an angel with a key to the abyss who captures Satan and throws him into the abyss ...more
Robert Jones
May 12, 2012 Robert Jones rated it it was ok
I feel a little silly reviewing this. I mean, it's Yeats. I only started reading this because I had just recently watched Equilibrium and wanted to track down that poem that Sean Bean read before he gets shot in the face. Note: that poem is not in this collection. Also, SPOILERS.

I don't like most poetry. It's a little too high-concept and abstract for my tastes, especially when the poets are using slightly antiquated language (what is a gyre? how, exactly, is it pernned?) Yeats has excellent use
Reham  A. Lasheen
Dec 30, 2014 Reham A. Lasheen rated it liked it
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?
Nov 30, 2015 Kadbury added it
Shelves: course
In short

MAN sucks so much. Not even Jesus will save you now.

Sarawut Kururatphan
May 07, 2015 Sarawut Kururatphan rated it it was amazing
This poem has such an intensity. A narrative so defiant and wittily arranged. But after 20centuries it seems that he was wrong after all.
Aug 30, 2016 Ana added it
*Did not read this collection, just the poem*
Read as part of The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The ceremony of innocence is drowned,
The best lack all convinction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
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William Butler Yeats (pronounced /ˈjeɪts/) was an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival, and along with Lady Gregory and Edward Martyn founded the Abbey Theatre, se ...more
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