The Second Coming. By: William B. Yeat s. Autobiography. Born in County Dublin, Ireland 1865 Studied in London, England 1867 Attended the Metropolitan School of Art, 1884 – 1886 Co-founded the Rhymer’s Club with Ernest Rhys, 1890 Met Maud Gonne, a 23-year-old heiress, 1889
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By: William B. Yeats
1. Feeling anger due to something unjust or unworthy.
1.Yeats' belief that each human mind is linked to a single vast intelligence, and that this intelligence causes certain universal symbols to appear in individual minds.
2. The spirit, outlook, point of view, or social and cultural values characteristic of an era of human history.
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 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: a waste of desert sand;
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
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
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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William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.