“William Butler Yeats is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.” The Poetry Foundation
And I certainly agree.
At the risk of becoming a Yeats “bore,” I am going to provide my readers with yet another “Yeats fix.” This time it’s the rightfully famous and revered shorter poem “The Second Coming.” It’s been rattling around in my mind for weeks because it seems to me unusually prescient and apropos of the current news, both national and international.
It makes me reflect and wonder . . . Does the breakdown of civility in human discourse (from social media to national politics, all the way to world “diplomacy”) herald a breakdown in civilization? Once I might have thought such a thing impossible, not worth a moment’s consideration or passing glance . . . but no more, sad to say. What do you think?
“The Second Coming”
by William Butler Yeats