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the great W.B.Y.

Posted on 2013.07.27 at 22:55


noisywallflower at 2013-07-29 01:02 (UTC) (Lien)
Always freaked me out, this one. The first time it really caught my attention was when a few lines were recited in the long gone TV show Millennium. I had to be eleven or so. So I did some digging, found the actual poem, and it just kind of shook me up.
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madman101 at 2013-07-29 01:37 (UTC) (Lien)
That's very interesting, and also unfortunate. I am sorry it shook you up and left bad impression. This reminds me of my last gf, who could not stand to look at Jeff Goldblum, or watch anything of his, because his role in, "The Fly," totally freaked her out. Yes, he is an odd character, but he's actually a great actor, and most everything he is in is good.

I think this poem is a masterpiece, although not entirely representative of Yeats work. Yeats is by far my favourite poet. I was so impressed by this poem, I referenced it a lot in some of my own poems, mainly back when I was writing, "Apocalyptic," poems. I always wondered what he was referring to - the rough beast... Only within the last few weeks have I learnt that the Egyptiant Sphynx is not facing Westward, as I had thought, but Eastward - that would qualify it for the rough beast slouching. And, it's kind of relevant today in a number of ways.

What's really wweird is that today, my brain was recovering from wine last night, and I had all these mixed up images. At one point, it was like I had gone back in time because all the thoughts of some particular day in the past were now alive again today. It was very weird and interesting. Included in this was some recollection of thoughts I have had on this poem - thoughts and dreams. However, I don't think I can really recount what occurred. I've forgotten it all. But maybe it means something. It's like the obscure message in a crop circle - unknown, but there.

Very similar to this poem is William Burroughs recording of the Great God Pan, unleashing discord upon the world, as a kind of revenge by the artists and such, against order. I don't think it is scary - I think it is great. If you can goggle that and listen, you might like it - and maybe appreciate this poem a little more. I do love Yeats oh yes I do. Have you read any other poems by him - because they would balance it out for you. It is possible that this poem was written for an actual request - as a job... as I seem to remember. Wiki might answer this.
noisywallflower at 2013-07-29 01:43 (UTC) (Lien)
I certainly don't dislike the poem, but thinking about the end of the world shakes me up and the imagery that poem creates has the same effect on me. I think 'impressive' would be a good word for what I think of it. I will google that recording!
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madman101 at 2013-07-29 02:05 (UTC) (Lien)
Well, I think this context kinda explains your reaction somewhat as well..
In the television series Millennium the pilot episode features a serial killer called the Frenchman who quotes the poem in detail, particularly the lines concerning the 'ceremony of innocence'."

I am very concerned abut the end of the world, and if it is nearing, I feel a responsibility to deal with it. I am trying to understand earth changes - like sinkholes all over the planet. On the other hand, many believe this poem is about history, not the future. He was just talking blarney out the side of his mouth, like I am always doing.

I also think that this poem also fits the theme of my journal - but where innocence does prevail against adversity. Certainly, in this poem, these lines do describe our times:

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

Well, if you do hear the Burroughs recording, you will see that he seems to take the side of the innocent/ meek, in revolt against the evil powers that be - so maybe that will thrill you as it did me.
(PS - ha ha - I was an English major for about a year).
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