William Butler Yeats’s father read to him as a child. Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond was among their favorites. References to this American classic are made in this poem, especially in the first stanza of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
Readers must use their imaginations in this poem because that is what the poet does as he writes about a place he aches to go. Standing in the middle of a bustling, lively place (probably Dublin in 1893) seems to drive him all the way to Innisfree.
The speaker desires to be someplace other than where he is. These feelings are not unique to Yeats. As children, we all have special memories of places we thought were the grandest places on...
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