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Compare and contrast "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and "Wild Swans of Coole."

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"The Wild Swans of Coole" and "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" both celebrate the beauty and peace of nature. Both are simple poems that use imagery—what we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell—to show what the speaker finds compelling in a natural location. In "Wild Swans," it is the beauty of the swans that draws the narrator, for instance, as they take flight, when they:

scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.
In "Lake Isle" he uses images of how he imagines living in peace and solitude in a natural place far from others:
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.
Both poems are exact about numbers. The nine rows of beans in "Lake Isle" and the...

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