William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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A Coat

Rating: 3.3
I MADE my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world's eyes
As though they'd wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there's more enterprise
In walking naked.
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Suryendu Chaudhury 13 October 2020
The sharp point of difference between the elevated mind of a poet and the materialistic people is poignantly presented.
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whiteangel 19 August 2018
poem of deep invocation
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Humane Engineer 28 July 2018
Poem sounds like Yeats laments an epic song he wrote, filled with metaphors and allusion, misused.
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marta 29 April 2018
wtheck- what is with the ads? ? ?
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Lesley 25 February 2018
To try to interpret another’s work is useful only as a practice. The artist can never truly understand his or her own work, if truly art. We can learn more about a person, hypothetically, by studying their physical nakedness. From art we learn more about ourselves than we could ever know about another soul.
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Johnthebarman 16 June 2018
Thanks for that comment. It’s true. A good poem. When we do walk naked we are soon wrapped in the boring perceptions of the world. I will return to the imagination. Let imagination loose: THAT crazed girl improvising her music. Her poetry, dancing upon the shore...
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Douglas Scotney 18 January 2015
what? For the poet more value in doing nothing than in doing something that gets abused? The price of having a name..
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Eric Ericson 17 November 2014
Amazing His song a coat that other fools took and made their own, and he would rather go about naked Poetry is a window to one's soul, to grasp this is to understand poetry
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Love the ending of this poem: For there is more enterprise in walking naked. Always associated nakedness with shame. Never thought of it in a different way.
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Ru Con 02 February 2014
I think he's talking about one's persona, protective outer personality. But then people can take it, leaving the person exposed. So I guess he's then saying, screw it, better to be yourself, be naked and be comfortable with it.
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Daniel Richmond 18 January 2014
An amazing thought process behind this poem. Simple, biting and fun. I wonder how long it took to write.
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