To the editor:
The intense verbal brawling among the Republican hopefuls to be the presidential nominee brings to mind the famous lines from the William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) poem “The Second Coming.” He had the disastrous World War I in mind when he wrote it, but we would do well to pay heed, given our current political environment.
His first eight lines read as follows:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center 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.
Lee H. Lybarger