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!

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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.