The Fools Caught it


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.

— William Butler Yeats, “A Coat”

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5 Responses to The Fools Caught it

  1. brinkreview says:

    Spot on.

    I’m a bit amused that 2/3 of the “related” posts are about your chore coat.


    • It is indeed funny. It’s word “coat,” of course, that brings them up. But it does look like we are definitely anti-nudity.


      • Merle Hall says:

        Well, I just have to throw this out there…

        “What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?” – Michelangelo


  2. At the feast of fools
    Everybody has a voice
    Nobody goes to the bottom
    Except by their own choice

    At the feast of fools
    Outlaws can all come home
    You can wear any disguise you want
    But you’ll be naked past the bone

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  3. Gerald Yungling says:

    So much depends

    a red wheel

    glazed with rain

    beside the white

    by William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

    [“The Red Wheelbarrow”] sprang from affection for an old Negro named Marshall. He had been a fisherman, caught porgies off Gloucester. He used to tell me how he had to work in the cold in freezing weather, standing ankle deep in cracked ice packing down the fish. He said he didn’t feel cold. He never felt cold in his life until just recently. I liked that man, and his son Milton almost as much. In his back yard I saw the red wheelbarrow surrounded by the white chickens. I suppose my affection for the old man somehow got into the writing. Quoted in Rizzo, Sergio (2005). “Remembering Race: Extra-poetical Contexts and the Racial Other in “The Red Wheelbarrow””. Journal of Modern Literature.


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