What do you think is meant by the poem's words 'deep heart's core?'

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In the poem 'The Lake Isle of Inisfree' by William Butler Yeats, the poet is feeling homesick for the landscape he loves in the west of Ireland. Although he came from an anglo-irish background he developed a deep love for the Irish people and their cause (freedom) and culture - he worked to develop drama and theatre after the setting up of the Irish Free State. This love sprang from very deep in his psyche (his 'deep heart's core.') It is also reminiscent of the Irish Gaelic language which is very poetic and talks in terms of things belonging to other things. For example, another example would be 'my heart's pulse' which is a beautiful term for a child or a deeply loved person. So here Yeats is referring both to his own heart,the profundity of love and also to the centre of the earth itself. In a similar way he writes 'the centre cannot hold' and 'things fall apart' in his poems about chaos and revolution. Being 'centred' was very important to Yeats and to many Irish people today.

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