Explanation of ” Lake Isle of Innisfree”

This is one of the best poems written on nature. The poet, W.B.Yeats has written this based on his childhood memories.

The poem tells us his desire to go back to an Island in Ireland where he spent some time with his grand parents.Though he was unable to visit the Island after that the memory was with him and it persuaded him to write this poem.

We see the urgency in the tone of the poet when we first read the first line itself.He wants to go there and live as simple as he could be by building a small hut and growing his own food. An uncluttered life, I would say.!

He imagines the scene again and hears how the lake water created ripples when it contacted the shore.He could not forget those memories and takes us back to his childhood with him.

In the last verse he reminds us the grim truth.You can never go back to what you already lost.The Lake Island is no more. Only the memories remain.The dusty payments and busy roads are a daily remainder for his lost dream!

I like this poem very much. What about you? I invite you to share your ideas. Use the comment box to write what you feel about it.


The Lake Isle of Innisfree-W.B.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 I will 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 song;

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` core. 

Activities- Paying Calls

Read the statements given and rewrite only the correct ones.

1. The narrator longs to see his old friends.

2.He doesn’t remember where they live as he hadn’t met them for a long time.

3.He reflects on how they used to enjoy the fresh air and the warm weather in the Summer.

4. The narrator was puzzled by the inactivity f his friends as the weather was ideal for treks and hikes.

5.He visits their graves and talks to them as if they are alive.

Explanation of the poem-Paying Calls

A man goes to see his friends whom he hasn’t seen for a long period of time.So he is not sure where they live. He has to walk on the foot paths, over creaky gates and sometimes even in the bush. He roams country side looking for them and finally sees them in various places . Some are his old friends and some of them are the ones he hasn’t seen for long time.

He remembers how they used to take long walks in the country side when the weather is warm and fresh.They used to enjoy life to the fullest and highly content about their lives.

The summer has come again and yet he hasn’t seen any of his friends enjoying the summer.They all are staying at home.He visits each and every one of his friends and talks about their past and how they enjoy life.His friends listen patiently while he he talks continuously. Not a single friend talks with him.

Do you know why?

Because they all are dead.

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Paying Calls

Paying Calls – Thomas Hardy

I went by footpath and by stile
Beyond where bustle ends,
Strayed here a mile and there a mile
And called upon some friends

On certain ones I had not seen
For years past did I called,
And on others who had been
The oldest friends all.

It was the time of midsummer
When they had used to roam;
But now though tempting was the air,
I found them all at home.

I spoke to one and other of them
By mound and stone and tree
Of things we had done ere days were dim,
But they spoke not to me.

Explanation of’Leave Taking’

A grand father, old and lonely finds solace in the company of his grand son. They become close friends as other family members have no time to spare for them.So those two did what all the other friends do.They play, watch T.V,enjoy the similar things and quarrel as typical friends tend to do.

Like a sea anemone and a hermit crab one fills the gap of  the other.The grand father has no authority in the family and has become useless in the run. The others are too busy to spare time for the old man and they are not concerned with the falling mentality of him. So the child comes to the rescue of the old man and fills the void of loneliness by chattering like a monkey.

The child too is lonely in his own way.He has no one to listen to. With a whole new world before him he is puzzled by it’s workings and needs the help of an adult to sort out his problems . So the old man comes to his rescue by being a patient listener and being a companion to the little child.

 One day the grand father dies. Al the family members weep showing off their love for their father  which he does not need now, but the little one is unaware of the  scene taking place because he is too young to understand the concept of the Death. He is worried because his grand father is going some where for the first time without saying good bye to him. 

                             The poet tries to open our eyes to the grave problem of  uncaring for the elders.