Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Ancient Norton Anthology: W.B. Yeats

While I’m away teaching at the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program (application deadline February 15!), I thought I’d post some of my favorite lines of poetry that I encountered during college—

From “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

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?

Read the whole poem here.

Fun fact: I’m beyond jealous that Joan Didion has already snapped up that last line for a title.


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