William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree

Poem by William Butler Yeats

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.


Comments about The Lake Isle Of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/2/2020 4:53:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Suzanne (5/31/2020 1:19:00 PM)

    What a horrible reading of a glorious poem. Just dreadful!(Report)Reply

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  • slayer (3/3/2020 6:43:00 AM)

    It is very Cringey and boring(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (12/5/2019 9:19:00 PM)

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

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  • Betty Olson (11/7/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    A very heart felt poem.(Report)Reply

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  • P Watts (7/3/2018 12:50:00 PM)

    I learned this poem at school, never forgot it. In recent years visited Ireland and the grave of WB Yeats.(Report)Reply

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  • Kovit (4/30/2018 4:51:00 AM)

    What is the tone of the poem(Report)Reply

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  • Bill Wright (10/15/2016 5:29:00 AM)

    What an excellent poem this is.(Report)Reply

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  • Fathima UsmanFathima Usman (9/25/2016 8:10:00 AM)

    Inspiring...there is something dark about the landscape though(Report)Reply

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  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (8/27/2016 5:42:00 AM)

    I visited Innisfree.....easy to see why Yeats was inspired to write. Lovely poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Laura G SweeneyLaura G Sweeney (1/23/2016 7:58:00 AM)

    This is one of my favorite poems.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/18/2015 10:46:00 PM)

    ...........beautiful, sounds like heaven ★(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Furey (7/20/2015 4:02:00 PM)

    Great simple poetry; big favourite with many people. Unfortunately, I heard a recording of Yeats reciting it. He started by saying that '...it should be recited in this manner...' (Or words to that effect) . What followed haunts me because he spoke in a strangulated manner, with an affected accent that ruined the whole experience. Maybe sometimes we should not listen to poets reciting their own work but use our own voices to express our feelings for the poem?(Report)Reply

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  • John Joe Bradford (6/23/2015 10:43:00 AM)

    greatest of all Irish poets. Wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (1/27/2015 10:49:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem by a poet who lived in a very beautiful land- Ireland...(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/24/2015 12:14:00 AM)

    Great writings of the great poet and ideas are exemplary.(Report)Reply

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  • Rohit C Kumarath (3/4/2012 11:15:00 PM)

    a meaning full poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ian Fraser (12/6/2010 8:21:00 PM)

    Yeats is very overrated as a poet. His best writing is this early romantic stuff but it is desperately short of content. What the hell is he going to do on Innisfree one wonders when the honey runs out?(Report)Reply

    William Kavanagh(5/11/2016 10:22:00 AM)

    You are in a minority of one.
    wB the greatest poet of the 20th century.

    Raymond Farrell(6/7/2015 8:44:00 PM)

    I think you are clearly in the minority with that opinion. If you can't see the deeper meaning of this poem that is your problem not the poet's.

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  • Maneesha Perera (2/9/2010 9:31:00 AM)

    he isnt in innisfree in reality he is thinking of going there away from the 'grey' pavements.

    its a beautiful poem rich in imagery.(Report)Reply

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  • Lu Wenchao (11/11/2008 9:42:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011