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Slouching towards Bethlehem

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 16, 2007

In Reply to: Slouching towards Bethlehem posted by Melanie Thompson on September 16, 2007

: Where did the phrase "Slouching towards Bethlehem" originate?

A poem by WB Yeats called "The Second Coming" ends with the couplet "And what rough beast, its time come round at last/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?". The American journalist Joan Didion used the "Slouching towards Bethlehem", taken from this poem, as the title of a collection of essays on modern American life published in 1968. You can find plenty of information on the Yeats poem and Joan Didion's work via Google. (VSD)

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