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W.B. Yeats
Posted by: Ruku Arona (---.ec.auckland.ac.nz)
Date: May 05, 2004 08:55PM

I am looking for the name of the Yeats poem which has the phrase:
"the circle cannot hold" in it.

If you know of the poem, please email me, and I will be very appreciative.



Re: W.B. Yeats
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: May 05, 2004 09:35PM

Check your source again, a quick scan of the internet search engines shows nothing with those exact words. My guess is you have a phrase by someone other than Yeats.


Re: W.B. Yeats
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l1.c3.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: May 06, 2004 03:36AM

I think you mean the centre cannot hold.

The Second Coming -- W. B. Yeats

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 convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


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