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"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold" "The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity..."

Is this great poem on the cusp of being realized in our time....?

1 posted on 10/19/2008 8:51:37 AM PDT by quesney
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http://www.mcabee.org/~lcm/lines/slouch.html


2 posted on 10/19/2008 8:52:59 AM PDT by quesney
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Second_Coming_(poem)


3 posted on 10/19/2008 8:53:35 AM PDT by quesney
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i love yeats.


4 posted on 10/19/2008 8:58:57 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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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?


5 posted on 10/19/2008 9:03:24 AM PDT by quesney
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Who can watch all this and not know that true evil is on the move? Yes, it has been since 1914, but evil senses its time has come!

We have moved away from the way of the Lord, evil has filled the void and he is now ready to strike.

Yes, WWI, WWII and the rise of communism were bad, but I fear that evil has had a taste of blood, he likes it and wants more.

When the Obamanation wants to “change the world”, based upon his view of what the world should be, then evil has won this round. When people start thinking and acting like they are God, which he is, then big trouble is on the horizon.

schu

6 posted on 10/19/2008 9:13:28 AM PDT by schu
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To: quesney

I did my undergrad paper on Yeats and Byzantium being the idea of art as a social construct.

Big fan of him, bigger fan of Maud Gonne.


7 posted on 10/19/2008 9:16:19 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: quesney

BTW, the second coming is more about Yeats belief in the 2000 year gyre that rotated into place every other millenium. He believed that from 2000bc - 0bc, humanity was cultural/folk centered, and from 0bc - 2000ad it became individual/self centered (as most govts and religions are based on an individual and not a group). From 2000ad he believed that the individual based society would phase back into the cultural/folk based society, the idea stemming from all the nationalist movements (including the Irish independence movement that he supported) - hence the mention of the gyre.

It also stems from his experiences in the quasi-buddhist society that he was part of in his youth.


8 posted on 10/19/2008 9:24:03 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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“...that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama”

Guess whose quote that is: (google it) :)
Creepy if you ask me.
JB


14 posted on 10/19/2008 10:58:33 AM PDT by thatjoeguy (Just my thoughts)
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To: quesney
Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

Why should not old men be mad?
Some have known a likely lad
That had a sound fly-fisher's wrist
Turn to a drunken journalist;
A girl that knew all Dante once
Live to bear children to a dunce;
A Helen of social welfare dream
Climb on a wagonette to scream.
Some think it a matter of course that chance
Should starve good men and bad advance,
That if their neighbors figured plain,
As though upon a lighted screen,
No single story would they find
Of an unbroken happy mind,
A finish worthy of the start.
Young men know nothing of this sort,
Observant old men know it well;
And when they know what old books tell,
And that no better can be had,
Know why an old man should be mad.

More Yeats......
15 posted on 10/19/2008 12:47:46 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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