Monday, September 29, 2014

A Coat by W.B. Yeats

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Ben Bulben

A COAT by W.B. Yeats

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.


W.B. Yeats was fortunate to be born to some degree of wealth from his mother, and a world of art, music, and poetry from father John Butler Yeats.  Surrounded by such AND not having to worry about supporting himself, W.B. Yeats had freedom to develop his poetry,  as Ireland changed and yet remained the same.

I hope you enjoyed this whimsy.

26 comments:

  1. Wouldn't we all appreciate that freedom?

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    1. I do not think I would enjoy the naked freedom at this stage of my life. My gr-daughters and gr-son love it dearly.

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  2. I LOVE Yeats. This poem and He Wishes for Cloths from Heaven are probably my favorites. I also had the experience of winning first place in a poetry reading contest in high school with his poem The Stolen Child.

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    1. The stolen child is one of my favorites too. So many possibilities to join the list of favorites.

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  3. The flip side of the starving artist. They both make great work, I'm sure it's just immensely easier for one than it is the other (though who's to say which one benefits more). :)

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    1. When an artist writes/makes a marvelous work, and then it is stolen in a sense, remade to be trash, it is as if the original artist loses his work to a thief. Rather be naked.

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  4. Yeats is one of my absolute favorites!! Thanks for the inspiration today :)

    Sarah Allen
    (Writing Blog)

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    1. The more of his work that I read, the more I appreciate his command of language, the influence of his times, and the culture that formed him.

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  5. haha I enjoy such a thing, but close the curtains now at my wing

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    1. I would ALWAYS close the curtains at your bay, Pat!

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  6. Naked and unashamed. I think I remember that.
    Love the poem. Thank you.

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    1. My old Yeats' paperback belonged to my dear father-in-law. Published in 1974. When the pages fall out, I will get a new one.

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    1. Yeats had a way with words that surprise me.

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  8. A wonderful poet and so are you.

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    1. Many thanks from Yeats. I wish I were as brilliant as he with his words and thoughts.

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  9. Oh, how I love a poem with a surprise ending! Simply brilliant!

    Julie

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  10. Hi Susan - thanks for the visit - I'm so unknowledgeable about Yates and poetry .. so this was fascinating to read and think about .. Yates' thoughts and your approach ... cheers Hilary

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    1. thanks for your comments! I hope you will find more of his poetry.

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  11. "More enterprise in walking naked" now that's a clever line, even if not used together as a line, just the sound and implication in it ... love it. He had a way with words, making the shortest rhymes just lovely and wildly appealing.

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  12. Those 5 words caught me, surprised me. I also love it.

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  13. Working full time at a daily grind certainly does take away the creative edge.

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  14. See what a difference a little wealth can make? Either financial, which I do not have, or artistic, which I also do not have.
    It's a nice poem though.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!