Sunday, May 6, 2012


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....
-W.B. Yeats, 1919
The poem is about the  Bolshevik Revolution.
Yeats took the side of the counter-revolutionaries.