For an interesting and more contemporary metaphor for worlds ending (paradigms shifting?), read Sherman Alexie’s “The Powwow at the End of the World” at the Poetry Foundation.
There was a Poetry for the End of the World Party in Ottawa this past winter. How awesome is that? Sadly we missed it (hopefully they’ll have another when the next apocalypse is announced) but you need to go visit the site to read about VERSe, the group that put it on, and to go read Ian Ferrier’s winning poem.