I need a poem that relates to "My Side of the Mountain."

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In this book, young Sam Gribley runs away from his home and family in New York City and goes off to live in a large hollowed-out tree in the Catskill Mountains, north of the city. He learns to live off the land. This desire to leave the city and to go to a more natural place can also be found in William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” The speaker fondly imagines a time when he can move to this isolated and peaceful place. He’ll have a garden to raise beans and a hive to raise bees. He thinks of this place, even as he is in the city and standing or walking “on pavements grey.” But even by the end of the poem, he has yet to move there.

Another set of verses describing a yearning to go to a more natural place can be found in John Denver’s song “To the Wild Country.” Here the narrator feels despondent about the stresses of life, and he dreams of going off to the wilds of Alaska. The chorus says:

To the mountains, I can rest there.

To the river, I will be strong.

To the forest, I’ll find peace there.

To the wild country, where I belong.

Links below will lead you to the text of “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” as well as to a performance of “To the Wild Country.”