How William Butler Yeats Was Right


The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

The Donald Acting Out (David Becker/Getty Images)

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

. . . . .

And what rough beast, its hour come at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

– William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming,”  Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921)

Yeats was writing about the period after World War I, but he was eerily prescient. Read the whole poem. It’s chilling.

(WC notes Howard Weaver is a big fan of The Second Coming as well.)

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