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Poetry Friday: The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

January 16th, 2009 (12:20 am)
pleased

Current Mood: pleased
Current Song: The Mirror-Blue Night from Spring Awakening

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 gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

- The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

Connecting It to YA Lit: This poem factors into Melina Marchetta's brilliant novel On the Jellicoe Road.

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Comments

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: January 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
wings of poesy

I so love Yeats. Just now noticed that he combined Anglo-Saxon devices with rhyme for this one, even though I've read this poem at least a dozen times over the years.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 16th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)

The setting sounds so peaceful.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 16th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)

Beautiful, esp. for early on a Friday morning. Thanks!
Jules
7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 16th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)

Hi Jules!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 20th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)

Aw, Rilla.

Posted by: Julia Nora (elektrickninja)
Posted at: January 19th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)

We just read this poem in class the other day.
=]

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 19th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)

Good timing!

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