The Lake Isle Of Innisfree Poem by William Butler Yeats

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree

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I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

Lu Wenchao 11 November 2008

It is obvious that our city is full of noise, and the people lived there are full of struggle.As a result of this, we can hardly attain the peace in our heart.We are always full of fear and anxiety, but we do not know what we are fearing and anxious about.We always hurry in the road, but we do not konw where we go.This is so absurd and so true.In this poem of Yeats, the poet himself answer the question.He want to go to a free island, where he will get the peace, where he will stop his hurry and fear and enjoy the sweet nature totally.This is so wonderful a dream.For me, the island exist nowhere in the real world, it exsits only in our mind, in our deep desire for a better life.That is the truth we have. To escape from the real world to the faraway island means that the poet himself retreat from the outside world into himself, into his inner heart, to find the only peace that we can aquire, the peace in our heart.Find yourself and you will find the whole world, new and quiet.

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Maneesha Perera 09 February 2010

he isnt in innisfree in reality he is thinking of going there away from the 'grey' pavements. its a beautiful poem rich in imagery.

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Rohit C Kumarath 04 March 2012

a meaning full poem.

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Christine Folan 23 September 2008

Hear this beautiful poem this morning on Classic FM. Learned it in primary school and I still recite it to myself on a beautiful day.

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Dewald Viljoen 12 May 2008

Classic Yeats. Full of yearning and beauty. No one writes like this anymore.

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Edwwin powell 12 May 2024

Fantastic Irish poem that is also a song

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Shaun Cronick 02 June 2020

Yeats could have made it more poetic and flow smoother by expanding slightly selected lines. It's good poem but not great one. A rhyming that'll do rush job, maybe I'll finish it off later. Still good to read.

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Suzanne 31 May 2020

What a horrible reading of a glorious poem. Just dreadful!

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slayer 03 March 2020

It is very Cringey and boring

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Michael Walker 05 December 2019

I was taught this poem at primary school, although it could still appeal to adults I guess.

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
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