Widening Gyre

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    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.

    - Excerpted from The Second Coming by Bill Butler Yeats

    Yeats was describing his own times around 1920. And it is said he was rather apocalyptically minded, believing the world was on the verge of some shattering event. Seeing as how he describes the arrival of a terrifying messiah (see other excerpt in comment below), it would seem Yeats believed that judgment day might not be a pretty sight. Being a bit of a doomsayer myself, I really relate to this terrifying little poem. There's absolutely nothing comforting about it. It's a poem you read on Halloween, or just at times when you're feeling dark and brooding. E. A. Poe had a deserved reputation for scary poetry, and I love Poe, but Yeats blows Edgar out of the water with The Second Coming.

    "Stròlic Furlàn" - Davide Gabino, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Jibby! 41 months ago | reply

      Here's another excerpt:

    2. smalltown07 41 months ago | reply

      Never read this and I wouldn't want to do so in a darkened room on a stormy night either. Hope this isn't your Christmas card. Although.......you could make a tri-fold with the pano and the poem on the back.......hmmmm......

    3. k mart 41 months ago | reply

      You are AMAZING !!!!!!

    4. Creepella Gruesome 41 months ago | reply

      Love this dark and ominous mood. The poem fits perfectly with the image. Must be viewed huge... there is so much to see. I like those small buildings towards the very right of the image.

    5. bitzcelt 40 months ago | reply

      Ho, Ho, Ho to you, you jolly fellow. Fantastic photo to go along with this. Depending on the decade I have always brooded on how man will meet his demise. In the 80's it was nuclear war, in the 90's it was a deadly virus. Now I am thinking that global warming will bring about a rise in sea level forcing billions of people to flee low lying coastal areas causing tensions to rise between nations which will lead to nuclear war, and the remaining radiation will weaken the survivors immune systems opening the door for a viral pandemic.

      Hope yo are having a joyous holiday season......really.

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