Wrote William Butler Yeats of Dublin after the Easter Rising of 1916:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.
Wrote an anonymous observer in the latest issue of London's New Statesman and Nation to reach the U.S.:
"I doubt if we shall ever again see the centre of London as beautiful as it is this summer. Much that was ugly, as well as some that was irreplaceably lovely, has been destroyed. Bombs have created unexpected and delightful views; St. Paul's stands out as St. Peter's does in Rome, and one can see it to great advantage from distant...