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This well known poem explores the poet’s longing for the peace
and tranquillity of Innisfree, a place where he spent a lot of
time as a boy. This poem is a lyric.
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 evenings full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the 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.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
GLOSSARY
wattles: twisted sticks for making fences, walls
glade: clearing; open space
linnet: a small brown and grey bird with a short beak
Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem
I. 1.What kind of place is Innisfree? Think about:
(i) the three things the poet wants to do when he goes back there (stanza I);
(ii) what he hears and sees there and its effect on him (stanza II);
(iii) what he hears in his “heart’s core” even when he is far away from
Innisfree (stanza III).
The L The L The L The L The Lak ak ak ak ake Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree
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This well known poem explores the poet’s longing for the peace
and tranquillity of Innisfree, a place where he spent a lot of
time as a boy. This poem is a lyric.
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 evenings full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the 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.
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
GLOSSARY
wattles: twisted sticks for making fences, walls
glade: clearing; open space
linnet: a small brown and grey bird with a short beak
Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem Thinking about the Poem
I. 1.What kind of place is Innisfree? Think about:
(i) the three things the poet wants to do when he goes back there (stanza I);
(ii) what he hears and sees there and its effect on him (stanza II);
(iii) what he hears in his “heart’s core” even when he is far away from
Innisfree (stanza III).
The L The L The L The L The Lak ak ak ak ake Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree e Isle of Innisfree
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2. By now you may have concluded that Innisfree is a simple, natural place,
full of beauty and peace. How does the poet contrast it with where he now
stands? (Read stanza III.)
3. Do you think Innisfree is only a place, or a state of mind? Does the poet
actually miss the place of his boyhood days?
II. 1. Look at the words the poet uses to describe what he sees and hears at
Innisfree
(i) bee-loud glade
(ii) evenings full of the linnet’s wings
(iii) lake water lapping with low sounds
What pictures do these words create in your mind?
2. Look at these words;
...peace comes dropping slow
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings
What do these words mean to you? What do you think “comes dropping
slow...from the veils of the morning”? What does “to where the cricket sings”
mean?
Health is the greatest gift, contentment
the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best
relationship.
GAUTAMA BUDDHA
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1. What is the theme of the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"?
Ans. The theme of the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" is the desire for a peaceful and simple life in harmony with nature.
2. Who is the author of the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"?
Ans. The poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" is written by William Butler Yeats.
3. What is the significance of the lake in the poem?
Ans. The lake in the poem symbolizes a tranquil and idyllic place of retreat, where the poet can find solace and escape from the chaos of the city.
4. How does the poet describe the sounds of the lake in the poem?
Ans. The poet describes the sounds of the lake as "the low sounds of the shore" and "the lapping of water" which create a soothing and calming effect.
5. What is the rhyme scheme of the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"?
Ans. The poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" follows an ABAB rhyme scheme, with each stanza consisting of three lines.
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