The Second Coming

So another piece of fantastic poetry is one of my all-time favorites, one I couldn’t get out of my head when I went through Basic years ago. The Second Coming by Yeats.

The Second Coming is relatively famous for its apocalyptic imagery and setting. The first stanza is simply amazing. I tend to liken it to modern day Twitter, because the reasonable people don’t get much coverage and the absurd do. Some of this is reasonable itself. We don’t write news stories about planes that land safely. But it leaves one with a certain impression of the world that leads to despair.