The Lake Isle of Innisfree 

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 honey-bee, 
            And live alone in the bee-loud glade. 

5         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 midnightís all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, 
            And evening full of the linnetís wings. 

            I will arise and go now, for always night and day 
10         I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; 
            While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, 
            I hear it in the deep heartís core. 


Making Meanings 
The Lake Isle of Innisfree 

First Thoughts 

1. What is your vision of a peaceful retreat from everyday, routine life? Briefly describe your ideas.

Shaping Interpretations 

2. In the first stanza, what does the speaker say he will do? 

3. What sounds does the speaker describe in the poem? 

4. What does the speaker compare peace to? 

5. How do the surroundings of the lake island contrast with the speakerís actual location? 

6. Why do you think the speaker cannot find peace in the city setting? 

Connecting with the Text 

7. How might the memory of a place like Innisfree affect you if you found yourself in dreary surroundings? 

Challenging the Text 

8. How would you describe the tone of this poem? Do you think it could be called a Romantic poem? Explain why or why not.


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