I am analyzing a text and have come upon this sentence:
For these fools of men and their woes care not thou at all! 1
I suspect there is something interesting about this construction, "fools of men". I searched the OED for something like this under «fool» and «man» with no luck.
Searching Google, I found other ocurrences which appear to mean the same thing.
Girls are laid under an apparent restraint by their mothers, in hopes that their outward carriage will deceive poor fools of men, and be the means of procuring them a husband. 2
And then I said we ought to be off and show a clean pair of heels. But my fools of men refused. 3
What is the meaning of "fools of men"?