Critically analyze the lyrical elements in Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree."
One of the key elements of this poem is the way that it presents us with an impossibly idyllic dreams of a person who is clearly stifled and in danger of being suffocated by the urban sprawl in which he lived. We can see in Innisfree a symbol of the kind of relationship with nature and example of natural beauty that so many industrial-era Victorians longed for. Note the way that the speaker's dream is presented as being characterised by peace and the transcendent beauty of the island. The speaker desires a simple, solitary, peaceful and pastoral life on the island, in his small cabin and with a description of his bean rows and a "hive for the honey bee." The description of peace coming "dropping slow" as if it were honey falling from a spoon, combines with examples of imagery such as "There midnight's all a glimmer" to create a lyrical landscape that is almost dream-like in its beauty. This lyric therefore celebrates the union with nature that man can have which is necessary for his existence.