The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats



Summary: The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats is a poem about a speaker's want to live in Innisfree, an island in Lough Gill

Characters:
Speaker

Verse 1:
  • The speaker says that he will now go to Innisfree to make a "small cabin" of wattles and clay
  • The speaker says that there will be honey-bees and beans growing in his glade
  • The speaker wishes to live alone
Verse 2:
  • The speaker expects to find peace there and expects different visions of midnight, noon and evening
  • The speaker expects to hear the quiet water as it touches "the shore"
  • The speaker then from the "roadway" or "pavement" hears the water
Other Notes:
  • Innisfree is located in Ireland
  • Wattles are branches that are interwoven and used to build walls and roofing


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