Thanks to Marilyn Armstrong for sharing W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming” today.


THE SECOND COMING – William Butler Yeats

The Second Coming” is a poem written by Irish poet W. B. Yeats in 1919, first printed in The Dial in November 1920, and afterwards included in his 1921 collection of verses Michael Robartes and the Dancer.

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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

4 thoughts on “THE SECOND COMING – W. B. YEATS

  1. Yes, the hair stands up and one feels all hollow, like there’s not enough air. It is amazing to me (I am almost always far too ready to attach an identity to a poetic “abstraction) that I cannot identify the “rough beast.”
    This is a double whammy because of Benjamin Britten’s use of the line “The ceremony of innocence is drowned” in his all too effective opera “The Turn of the Screw” about two children held in thrall by two ghosts. It is based on Henry James eponymous novella. Positively chilling.


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