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.
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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