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AUTHOR: W. B. Yeats (1865–1939)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, “The Second Coming,” lines 1–8, The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W. B. Yeats, ed. Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, pp. 401–2 (1957).
SUBJECTS: Doomsday