A Coat

NPG x6397; William Butler Yeats by George Charles Beresford

A Coat,” a poem by William Butler 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.

What happens to a creative work once it’s been “released into the environment”? To whom does it belong?






One response to “A Coat”

  1. […] its own life and mission? (Incidentally, this is a topic we discuss in Music 101 and Music 111: see here, here and […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: