Where are chaos, pessimism, and loss of faith in the poem "The Second Coming"?

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Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" is a description of the state of the  world following World War I using apocalyptic imagery.  The poem is filled with images of chaos, pessimism, and loss of faith.  In the first few lines, Yeats describes a world in chaos, one that is spinning out of control.  It is

Turning and turning in the widening gyre . . .

Things, fall apart; the center cannot hold.

Here we get the idea of a spinning top whose wobbly axis cannot support its circling mass.  The world seems...

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