W. B. Yeats composed the famous pastoral poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree in 1888. But, the poem was published in the year of 1893. Its title comes from a quite small, uninhibited island sitting in Lough Gill, a lake in the poet’s home country of Sligo (Ireland).
|Poem||The lake Isle of Innisfree|
|Poet||W. B. Yeats|
|Form and Structure||Short Poem|
|Rhyme scheme||ABAB CDCD EFEF|
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.
- The Lake Isle of Innisfree is an outstanding instance of W. B. Yeats at his best
- The poet lived the experiences of the poem growing up in the city as well as spending periods of time in the countryside
- In fact, County Sligo was Yeats one of preferred (favorite) places where the actual place (which has been mentioned in the poem) is found
- The speaker of The Lake Isle of Innisfree wishes/wants to build a simple life on Innisfree, finding communion with nature. But, ties to city life prevent him from realizing the aforementioned dream
The Lake Isle of Innisfree A Short Summary
The speaker of this beautiful poem talks about Innisfree in an idealistic way. And, he describes the almost magical features (qualities) of different times of day, as well as the unbroken solitude & peace he will get once he reaches (goes) that Island.
In this way, he directly relates peace to nature as well as throughout the poem. The readers, by the end of this poetic piece, come to know that the speaker dreams quite intently about going to Innisfree island as he lives in an environment that is devoid of natural elements that are critical or important to his happiness.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Themes
W. B. Yeats incorporates three interrelated themes in his poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree. They are (I) Nature (II) Peace, as well as (III) Spirituality. The poet asks the readers to consider (regard) nature as he himself does, (a) valuable in as well as of itself, and (b) without human intervention.
It is a place for finding peace as well as connecting with the world on a deeper, spiritual level as it is so far from what people generally experience in daily life. Moreover, the isolated nature of the natural area that the speaker of the poem desires is a significant/important element of his happiness. It is not only an escape from industrialism but from other people as well.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree Form and Structure William Butler Yeats‘ The Lake Isle of Innisfree is a short poem. It is made of just twelve lines. There are three stanzas of four lines each.
ABAB CDCD EFEF is the rhyme scheme of this poem. In this, its form is clear through the straightforward formatting of the quatrains as well as rhyme schemes. But, when one takes a closer look, small schemes, as well as formatting decisions, reveal what has made the poem a classic. Two examples in the final stanza are prime instances.
Ques: What literary devices does Yeats use in his poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree?
Ans: W. B. Yeats uses alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition, imagery as well as personification as literary devices.
Ques: Yeats wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree. But, who wrote the poem The Lake Isle?
Ans: Ezra Pound wrote the poem The Lake Isle.
Ques: What is the mood of Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree?
Ans: The Lake Isle of Innisfree is an excellent instance of the ekphrastic poem. Its mood is very relaxing as well as peaceful just as Monet’s painting is.