Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,    Thou foster-child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express    A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: What leaf-fring'd legend haunts about thy shape...

Meru by William Butler Yeats (1935) Civilisation is hooped together, brought Under a rue, under the semblance of peace By manifold illusion; but man's life is thought, And he, despite his terror, cannot cease Ravening through century after century, Ravening, raging, and uprooting that he may come Into the desolation of reality: Egypt...