World War I held a profound impact on English poetry and literature. The questioning of moral structures and political orders, as well as the re-conceptualization of individual faith in structures that used to possess totality probably end up being the most profound influences on English poetry. Poets and thinkers used the horrific nature of World War I to bring a sense of doubt and lack of totality to so much of human existence and consciousness, in general. The faith in nationalism, nation building, imperialism, military strength, and patriotic identity were all brought into severe question through World War I, where death and destruction was wrought on so many levels. At the same time, there was a genuine belief that the last of the carnage had not been experienced. In my mind, Yeats' "The Second Coming" is probably the best example of the anguish and ceasless pain that was the legacy of World War I on European poets and English thought.