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THE SECOND COMING

- By William Butler Yeats
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THE SECOND COMING

"The Battle of the Somme" by Ernest Brooks is in the public domain.

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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Additional Information:

Words: 165

Unique Words : 114

Sentences : 5

Reading Time : 0:44

Noun : 51

Conjunction : 9

Adverb : 11

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 15

Pronoun : 5

Verb : 27

Preposition : 21

Letter Count : 737

Sentiment : Negative

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 54

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