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A Coat Analysis

Author: poem of William Butler Yeats Type: poem Views: 30

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I made my song a coat

Covered with embroideries

Out of old mythologies

From heel to throat;

But he 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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i think this is about wearing the tradition of modernism. He wants to break from romantic tradition and write about condition of modern man. He wants to avoid writing about Irish mythologies anymore so he tries to put off the coat (a representation of idealism and snobbish tradition) and instead wants to remain a naked by exposing his true self.

| Posted on 2017-10-14 | by a guest

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i think this poem is confusing one ,, poet has been discussing about his personal life experinces in a metaphoric way.

| Posted on 2015-03-18 | by a guest

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i think this poem is abut the the angriness that Yeats felt when all the new authors copied him.
He says that he made his songs,plays or everything that he has written a protection ,but fools caught it and wore in the worlds eyes.So those who stole it and showed to the worlds as their own are the fools. but at the end he says let them take it which means let them steal it ,let them look smart its better than feeling stupid (naked)

| Posted on 2014-10-27 | by a guest

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I think there is an intentional ambiguity in the first line of this poem in relation to who, or what entity, are we referring to when we use the first person pronoun \"I\". If you substitute the word \"self\" for \"song\", the line becomes less aesthetically resonant but more \"revealing\", \"I made myself a coat\".By this means the poem becomes a dialogue between the poet and his self. The words \"song\" and \"self\" are nearly synonymous within the context of the poem so that by relinquishing his coat he is simultaneously casting off and revealing himself.

| Posted on 2012-11-30 | by a guest

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This poem is merely a representation and proclamation of Yeats\' decisison to move and break free from the traditions of Romanticism and move to modernist poetry writing.

| Posted on 2012-02-19 | by a guest

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Yeat\'s way of writing, especially as it appears in this poem, is very effective at conveying a message. What he seems to be saying (this is, of course, my personal interpretation) is that he covered himself from the outside world with a woven lie. This lie was covered in small details that seemed almost pointless and was made from the stories he had heard about others, by this I mean he made a lie to fit in with those around him. The lie was from heel to throat (just as a long coat); it covered him entirely except for his mind, where he knew what he was really doing. When the fools caught it, someone realised that he was covered in lies, they wore the coat for all to see, they exposed him. For the song to let them take it meant that it would no longer have that shield. But Yeats then goes on to say that truly it\'s better to walk through life as you really are, without trying to make your person into a different person.

| Posted on 2011-05-10 | by a guest

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one of the ideas that has been given about this poem is that his work/poems even though they are been misused /mis interperted ,he knows them as they are with him where ever he goes.

| Posted on 2011-05-06 | by a guest

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This poetic poem is about a dude who wants to be nude.

| Posted on 2011-04-29 | by a guest

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This is actually in response to an argument between Yeats and George Moore who accused Yeats of being a poser and pretending that he was from a higher social order than he really was. So this is Yeats saying he doesn\'t care about his outward appearance and status, he is sloughing it all off, ridding himself of his coat.

| Posted on 2010-12-08 | by a guest

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More than just a metaphor, this poem transpires Yeats\' frustration at people who paid more attention to the form of his work - be it as a playwright, poet or even politician - than to the content: the powerful values Yeats believed was to be restored from the old Irish myths through his poetry and plays which aimed, first and foremost, at the spiritual recovery of Ireland and the Irish.

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest

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a piece of writing require always analysis from diffrent perspectives,if not dimention,"a coat" may refere to a divorce beteen yeat and old ,metholigy.may be yeat felt that it's a wast of time and effort to do such thing.i say this is just one angle of decoding this poem

| Posted on 2010-05-10 | by a guest

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Clearly, the coat represents Yeats' old poetic voice, which had previously been preoccupied with the recollection of 'old mythologies' which are just that-the Irish legends which can be found in a great number of his earlier works.
The 'fools' are the 'protégés', as Seamus O'Sullivan called them, of George Russel who had taken to imitating his style, in writing about the 'mythologies' and the more occult imagery and ideas we can find, again, in Yeats' earlier work, and calling it their own.
Thus, with 'A Coat' we have Yeats finding his voice and resolving to bare his soul and write of more personal matters.
However, I would not believe Yeats is overly annoyed or angry as some earlier posts have suggested, for one can see from other Yeats poems that when he is truely dissaffected he is simple and direct in style, with little concern for methods, and often bitter in tone. Whilst 'A Coat' is certainly simple and direct,the iambic-anapaestic rhythm, general extended metaphor and, of course, the light-hearted humour of the poem's conclusion would suggest a Yeats who has realised that his 'song' was, indeed, merely 'a coat', and thus is happy to move on in his true direction.

| Posted on 2010-01-24 | by a guest

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OK, we should stop trying to figure out how the poet felt. Remember your Eliot, not your Plath. This is a really simple, elegant poem that separate the style from the substance. The song is, of course, the latter and "embroidery" is the former. This could be seen as Yeat's emancipation proclamation where he makes a conscious break with his overly ornate past, which is now viewed derisively as an invitation to imitation. The enterprise is renewed with confidence that his song, or voice, can be heard without embellishment and still communicate personal and universal truths with clarity and purpose. But don't forget there is still a lot of mischief in Yeats.

| Posted on 2009-09-24 | by a guest

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What the second person said- this poem is a turning point in Yeats' poetic career. He is vowing in this poem that he will stop being naive and idealistic in his poetry- ie: using 'old mythologies' and decided that 'there's more enterprise in walking naked'- he will now strive for the creation of more truthful poetry which reflects the 'real world' and the human condition.

| Posted on 2009-04-08 | by a guest

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This was Yeats coming of age poem. He came to wisdom, understanding that the coat did not make him who he was. It takes a fool to know a fool. He is almost saying, "What a fool I have been for bothering with this coat." But if he had never made the coat, then he would have never came to this wisdom.
Yes he was angry. Yes he accepted the fools for who they were, finally understanding his audience. And yes he moved on instead of giving up; having a much greater understanding of his audience and therefore creating more serious poetry from there on out.

| Posted on 2008-05-01 | by a guest

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Actually the opposite, he was angry that his syle of writing had had been copied by so many others (but the fools caught it), so he changes his syle completely. He did let them have his song, as we see yeats becomes a much more serious (for want of a better word) poet following 'a coat.'

| Posted on 2008-04-10 | by a guest

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I am a student and we have been studying Yeats over the past few classes. I wrote an essay on him. I will interpret this the best that I can, I don't know if I understand it though. During the Irish National Theatre movement, that Yeats helped to start, he wrote this poem...I think he was searching for something new...a new audience, maybe he had a new message. Seems like maybe for so long he had a mask on, a good one that he portrayed to the world and one which was made up of his old beliefs and now the audience has on that same coat with those beliefs (maybe he got his original message across and he is now moving on) and he feels enlightened in his new skin. ???

| Posted on 2008-04-09 | by a guest

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