Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose


What is the meaning of the following quotes?

"The blood-dimmed tide is loosed..."

"The ceremony of innocence is drowned..."

"The second coming is at hand..."

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This reflects the brutality of WW1. Humanity has let loose the, "blood-dimmed tide" with its ruthless brutality. All innocence was lost in the hell that was WW1. The second coming, man's final reckoning is coming and it won't be good.