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William Butler Yeats longs to live in a peaceful and beautiful place. In his imagination comes the name of Innisfree where he spent a lot of time as a boy. He knows that a place of natural beauty and peace like Innisfree makes the human soul light. One enjoys life fully in the lap of nature.
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, written by W.B. Yeats in 1888, is a twelve-line poem composed of three quatrains. It reveals the poet’s nostalgia for the peace and tranquillity he enjoyed on the Lake Isle during his childhood. This desire to lead a simple life on the quiet island also presents the poet’s dislike for humdrum of life in cities and towns. So deep are the emotions of the poet that he can, in his mind, hear the waves striking against the banks of the Lake.
The poem revolves around the idea that the idyllic life in the countryside with beautiful, peaceful and natural surroundings gives much more pleasure than life in cities with its noise and din, sound and fury. The poet who had, during his boyhood, spent his summers on the green and watery landscape of the Lake Isle of Innisfree, feels a deep longing to shun the city life and to settle down in the peaceful environment on the island. A simple life with only a few simple needs will be more delightful than the complicated and hectic life in the city.
The title of the poem refers to the place the poet longs to go to. An actual place in County Sligo, Ireland, Innisfree has a deep fascination for the poet who visited this place time and again during his young days. The title makes us curious about the dreamy and picturesque place and we get anxious to know what the poet has to say about it.
Innisfree = the name of an Island = द्वीप ; Isle = Island = टापू ; clay = mud = मिट्टी /गारा ;wattles = twisted/sticks = डंडे /लकड़ियाँ ; glade = open space = खुला मैदान । Dropping = falling in drops = टपकना ; veils = curtain = पर्दा , घूंघट ; cricket = a singing insect = झींगुर ; glimmer = twinkling = टिमटिमाना ;linnet = a small singing bird = एक गाने वाली चिड़िया l Lapping = sound of the water striking gently against shore = छप – छप ; pavements = footpath = पगडंडी I Arise—get up; Cabin—small hut; Clay—thick wet mud; Wattles—tree branches; Bean—a vegetable;Hive—structure made by bees; Honeybee—a stinging winged insect that collects nectar and pollen;Glade—grass-covered area without trees; Peace—calm; Veils—thin cloth covering something; Cricket—an insect; Glimmer—weak light; Purple—dark reddish blue colour; Glow—shine; Linnet—a small grey and brown bird with short beak; Lake—large body of water on land; Lap—hit gently; Shore—edge, bank; Pavement—sidewalk.