William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. He then became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre. In his later years he served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. The Lake Isle Of Innisfree is one of his poems that is published in NCERT books.
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” is a twelve-line poem comprising three quatrains, written by William Butler Yeats in 1888 and first published in the National Observer in 1890. It was reprinted in The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics in 1892 and as an illustrated Cuala Press Broadside in 1932.
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” exemplifies the style of the Celtic Revival: it is an attempt to create a form of poetry that was Irish in origin rather than one that adhered to the standards set by English poets and critics. It received critical acclaim in the United Kingdom and France.
In this the poet talks about various things. Firstly, he wants to go to Innisfree to build a cabin. Further, he describes the cabin as small and a simple one sort of rustic as per the poets’ description. The poet also decides how he will have a bean garden in his vicinity and that he will also have a beehive. While describing it his expression says how he wants his little cottage in the forest surrounded by the honeybees. Along with that, he expresses his want of living alone. He wants it because he wants to live his life in peace and purity. In addition, he wants to live the country life to get away from the fast life rather live a slower but peaceful life.
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.
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