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 afterward included in his 1921 collection of verses Michael Robartes and the Dancer.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

5 thoughts on “THE SECOND COMING – W. B. YEATS”

  1. I’ve always, ALWAYS loved those last two lines:

    “And what rough beast, it’s hour come round at last
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” Something so pitiless about that.
    I’ve never considered what should be on my stone, I best get on that. My siblings are not literary minded. They read, (to me) dull tomes full of things about uninteresting people who’ve gained power and lost it or not. But. As long as my epitaph contains something about dogs, I’m good I suppose.


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