by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

I made my song a coat
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
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.

About the headline (FAQ)

First published in Poetry, Chicago, May 1914

Confirmed with W. B. Yeats, Later Poems, Macmillan and Co., London, 1926, page 233.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-21
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J'ai fait de ma chanson un manteau
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
J'ai fait de ma chanson un manteau
Couvert de broderies
Tirées de vieilles mythologies,
Des pieds à la tête
Mais les fous s'en sont saisi,
Ils l'ont porté à la vue du monde
Comme s'ils l'avaient fabriqué.
Chanson, qu'ils le prennent
Car il y a plus d'audace
À marcher nu.

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Translation of title "A coat" = "Un manteau"


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