Sunday, March 30, 2014

Yeats - Poetry

I've heard of Yeats, but I don't know any of his poetry.  This poem is titled '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 honeybee,
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.

What a lovely poem.  It speaks to me for right now I feel that same pull for a quiet and more peaceful spot.  I would go tomorrow, if I could to a place where I could 'have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow'.  I can also hear the lake water lapping.  And I'm sure I hear it deep in my heart.
Ok Yeats, it's probably time that I got to know you better.


  1. I really like this poem too! I just arrived home from a very peaceful place and long to go back. It's interesting that, as humans we seem to be pulled towards nature and peace, but often when we act, our actions are opposite to what we yearn for.

    1. That is interesting. I wonder if there is a part of us that needs contrast? Maybe it highlights the important elements of the extremes.