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The Second Coming

The Second Coming

  

by William Butler Yeats

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Shortly after the publication of "The Second Coming," Yeats served as a two-term senator for the Irish Free State. (Source)

Yeats’s unrequited love for the Irish revolutionary activist and beauty Maud Gonne is one of the great tortured love stories of the 20th century. Gonne refused to marry him in 1899, and in 1917 he proposed to her daughter! Unfortunately, Iseult Gonne also rejected him. (Source)

Yeats was really interested in mysticism and the occult. He tried and failed to establish a Celtic Mystical Order based on early Celtic myths. (Source)

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