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  • Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
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      In lines 4-6
      What's Yeats referring to here? Is this a future prophecy, the poet's dream, or maybe a metaphor for Europe at war? 
  • The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
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  • Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
  • And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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      Lines 21-22

      What do you think these lines mean?
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      Lines 7-8
      Who are "the best" and "the worst"?
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      Lines 9-10




      Notice how these two lines are almost exactly the same. This is where the speaker tells us what he thinks is going on, but why the repetition?
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