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William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming - Again

by Elgon (Curate)
on Jun 20, 2003 at 11:26 UTC ( #267518=poem: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I wrote this in an idle 5 minutes after seeing it as someone's email signature and reading it in P.J. O'Rourke's book "Holidays in Hell." Robartes has already tackled the last verse here, so here's my favourite bit...

# 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, while ($gyre->widen()) { turn(); turn(); if (!hear($falcon, $falconer)) { @apart = split /fall/, $things; hold($centre) = 'Cannot'; $world->loosed($anarchy{'mere'}); } }


Please, if this node offends you, re-read it. Think for a bit. I am almost certainly not trying to offend you. Remember - Please never take anything I do or say seriously.

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