WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
stand at the turning point
between the victorian period
and modernism ,the
conflicting currents of which
affected his poetry .A poet and
playwright ,was born in
Dublin and London and
receive an education in both
Dublin and London.
Throughout his career, he was deeply invested in helping
Ireland reclaim a literary culture of its own free from English
He was known for his extraordinary writings of the 19th
Yeats was a poet with extensive knowledge ,in his poetry and
literary works he uses a combination of technique and style to
express his meaningful ideas.He became a pioneering poet
who had a revolutionary type of style and content throughout
all of his works .
Because his works straddles the 19th and 20th Cs,Yeats is
stylistically quiet a unique poet.
But Yeats wrote great poems in every decade of his life ,and
his influence has towered over the past 6 decades,today , he
is generally regarded as the greatest poet of the 20th century.
When Yeats was a child, his father had read to him from
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, and Yeats described his
inspiration for the poem by saying that while he was a
teenager, he wished to imitate Thoreau by living on
Innisfree, an uninhabited island in Lough Gill.
In his youth, Yeats would visit the land at Lough Gill at
night, often accompanied by his cousin Henry Middleton.
On one occasion, they went out onto the lake at night on a
yacht to observe birds and to listen to stories by the crew.
The trips that Yeats took from the streets of Sligo to the
remote areas around the lake set up for him the
contrasting images of the city and nature that appear in the
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
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
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,
This poem was written by W.B.Yeats at the end of the 19th century, when
cities were growing quickly and nature was being abandoned for progress.
The poem emphasizes the ability of nature to restore the human spirit. The
poet has not literally gone to Innisfree, however. In the end, although he
hears the "water lapping with low sounds by the/shore", he is actually
standing "on the roadway." The contrast always readers to better
understand the importance of nature, because the speaker is imagining it
with rich detail even though he is far away from it.Yeats's profession of
love for nature is one of his most famous and beautiful poems. It is
unusual in this collection as it contains no references to the Irish nationalist
movement, to Maude Gonne, or to ancient Irish mythology. Yeats first
wrote the poem in London, in 1890, where he was feeling intensely
There is an enormous use of figure of speech that makes
this poem so excellent .
First,there are lots of alteration for example,” And a small
cabin build there ,of clay and wattles made”/“Nine bean -
rows will I have there,a hive for the honey-bee”(2-3).
Second ,there is assonance in "slow" and "grow" and
"day," "grey," "sings" and “wings.”(5-8).
Third, there is a sense of personification for example
“where the cricket sings”(6).They make a sound like
music, which we describe as human-like singing.