Grim, Gyroscopic Apocalypse: Explicating W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea…”                                                                                                             ~ Revelation, 13:1 In Poetry Magazine’s May 1914 issue, Ezra Pound unpacks William Butler Yeats’ late-career progression – particularly the Irishman’s shift into what Pound deems a “gaunter” voice – his work “seeking greater harshness of outline.” At the time, Yeats had not … Continue reading Grim, Gyroscopic Apocalypse: Explicating W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”