January 01, 2017

Litigator's Muse: William Butler Yeats and How You Say Your Case

Michael E. Tigar

In a Dublin museum, there is a manuscript of William Butler Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming.” Yeats wrote:

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last

Marches towards Bethlehem to be born?

He struck out “marches” and wrote “slouches.” This is one of the wisest edits in the history of literature.

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