The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

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How do you pronounce "Yeats" as in William Butler Yeats? Add a note on the poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree."

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Yeats is a name of Celtic origin, which means that the "ea" dipthong should be pronounced to rhyme with rates and weights. In names with an Anglo-Saxon origin, like, for example, Keats, the "ea" dipthong is pronounced to rhyme with words like eats and seats.

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree" is one of Yeats's earlier poems and was first published in 1890, when Yeats was only 25 years old. You can hear Yeats himself reading this poem at the youtube link provided below. The eponymous "Innisfree" is a small island situated mostly in County Sligo, in Ireland, where Yeats spent much of his childhood.

The speaker of the poem wishes to escape from the "roadway(s)" and "pavements grey" of the city, and build himself...

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You pronounce it as YATES, as if you are saying the word ate.

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