How does the poem "The Lake of Innisfree" appeal to the senses?

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The poem appeals to the senses to help you appreciate the peaceful nature of the place described.

In the beginning, the island is described and the speaker says he will build a house “of clay and wattles made.”  Wattles are sticks, supports, or poles.  You can picture the little house.  He also appeals to the sense sight by describing the “nine bean-row” and the bee hive.

The bee hive gives the poem another sense: sound.  The speaker says he will “live alone in the bee-loud glade.”  You can hear the honey bees buzzing.  He also describes the cricket singing, and the water.
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
Sense descriptions are combined with metaphors as the speaker figuratively and literally describes his peace dropping with the morning dew.  We can also see it.
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
All of these sensory details together make for a peaceful description of an island getaway.  It demonstrates the deep human desire for calm, and to return to nature.  Even if we never get there, we have the fantasy of the simple life. By appealing to the senses, this poem gets us there.