W. B. YEATS The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Lake Isle of Innisfre 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 honey-bee, 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.
W. B. Yeats (1865 -1939) Background • WB Yeats was born in 1865 in Dublin. His family was upper class. • Yeats turned into the greatest Irish Poet of the Twentieth Century. • He spent some of his early life in London. That’s where he wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree at the age of 25. The Isle was a place he daydreamed about. • He loved Sligo, his mother’s home place and the location for The Lake Isle of Innisfree. • The Lake Isle of Innisfree is a poem which shows that Yeats was a bit of dreamer, like a lot of poets. He liked to dream of a beautiful place like Innisfree. • The poem also shows how simple use of language could achieve musical effects.
Summary This is a poem by WB Yeats in which he dreams of escaping the busy streets of London. He remembers Innisfree as a perfect little island that would supply all his needs.
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The Lake Isle of Innisfree Stanza 1 � Yeats wants to go & live on the island of Innisfree. � He would like to live there by himself & lead a simple life. � He would like to build a small cabin & wants to grow his own food.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Stanza 2 � The poet describes the tranquillity(calmness) of the island. The mornings are very peaceful & filled with sounds of crickets chirping “ for peace comes dropping slow”. � At noon the heather glows purple in the sunlight. � At night the glittering stars are reflected in the water.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Stanza 3 � The thought of Innisfree is always in the poet’s mind & heart: “I hear it in the deep heart’s core”. � He is always imagining the pleasant sounds of its waters: “for always night and day/ I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore”.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Themes Escape The speaker wishes to live a peaceful life away from the hustle & bustle of the city. The idea of being independent is very attractive to him.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Themes � A Love of Nature The poet longs for the calmness & peace of the countryside. The poem celebrates the beauty of Innisfree. The island is alive with the sounds of nature, the chirping of the crickets, the buzzing of the bees, etc. It also celebrates the visual aspect of the island.
Sound Effects: The use of sound effects enhances the sound and meaning of the poem. Sound effects mirror the beautiful sounds of the island.
Alliteration ‘lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore’. The ‘l’ and ‘s’ sounds here show alliteration. Note the 4 ‘l’ sounds also in this quote: ‘live alone in the bee-loud glade’ Can find more examples yourself?
Assonance Is a type of rhyme that occurs where similar vowel sounds are repeated in a line of poetry. - "I will arise and go now" - "cricket sings" - "noon a purple glow" - "and evening full of the linnet's wings" - “clay and wattles made" - "low sounds by the shore" - "I hear it in the deep hearts' core" - "for peace comes dropping slow"
Onomatopoeia - "dropping" - "lapping“= the ‘I’ sound in the line, ‘I hear lake water lapping’, echoes the actual sound of the water gently spilling against the shoreline. �
What kind of person is the poet? � � - loves and appreciates nature - longs for private and a peaceful existence - man of independence, resourceful and selfsufficient - proud - wants to escape modern living and return to a more simple lifestyle. - tranquillity appeal to him - imaginative/ day-dreamer.