Sunday, March 15, 2009


This is the first of several paintings of the poet by Augustus Johns. It is from the Tate Collection. Naturally, W. B. Yeats is haunting my newly created Keeping Room today. It may be that part I played in The Hour Glass during college or all the hours I poured over his works during an NEH Seminar for Teachers one summer, but he just will not rest until he is honored here. I do love his work. The critics were sometimes cruel, but he gave it right back in certain poems. Anyone who has ever been afraid to go public with an original poem should gain courage from this one:

A Coat

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 wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there's more enterprise
In walking naked. 1914


Virginia said...

Oh my. How nice to see what you create. I am in awe of writers. I wish I could, but what I can offer is images. Could we collaborate sometime in the future?????

FireLight said...

Oh Virginia, I would be honored. I absolutely love that photo of the typwriter you featured recently. I had an idea for using such an image here! Thank you so very much for stopping by!

Derrick said...

Hello FireLight,

Thank you for visiting my blog and for following! Your Keeping Room looks as if it will be a very comfortable place. I look forward to seeing more of the things you will bring to it.

Rowan said...

Your reading is much more erudite than mine I fear but I do like Yeats because of his love of Irish mythology.

FireLight said...

Derrick, thank you for stopping by. I have long way to go to get close to the quality of the BLOGS I follow. I enjoy yours so much!
Rowan, I am afraid you are right. This place is dismal, except for my dog Gracie! I really do not sit around reading the likes of Burke all day! I just like big ideas in small doses.
I plan to address this issue in my next post. Stay tuned!

Tom Atkins said...

Yeats was one of the first "great" poets that really resonated with me, and still a favorite. Your post makes me want to go pull him down from the shelves. Unfortunately I am on the road this week and won't be home for 10 days or so.

Country Girl said...

I am not nearly as well read as you but this post just spoke to me. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.
Coming here reminds me of my very first days of blogging back in December 2007. I chose the same background as the one you're using here. Have you read Willow's blog?

FireLight said...

Oh yes indeed, I have read Willow's Blog.It is the most charming place. It is almost as if I had been asked, "What topics would you most like to read about?"

Cait O'Connor said...

I love this poem, it says so much, how poems are 'taken' and dissected by others.

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