The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W B Yeats was voted Ireland’s most popular poem by readers of the Irish Times Newspaper in 1999.
The poem describes the desire of W B Yeats to return to a simpler more natural lifestyle.
It was written in 1889 when he was living and working in London. He was only 23 years old at the time.
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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