What thoughts and feelings about The Lake Isle of Innisfree are expressed?

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In William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” he speaks of the solitary contentment and “peace” he feels when he thinks of the small lake island. On the island, he is able to leave behind the sights and sounds of the city, and retreat to the small, sod cabin surrounded by a garden. The sounds of the city are exchanged for the hum of bees.

His heartfelt emotions draw him to the Isle of Innisfree. In his mind he hears the water as it laps upon the shore and he is able to be with nature in his thoughts. He recalls how the days on the island pass with the sounds of the bees leading to those of the crickets and linnets at evening. The rising of the sun and its setting bring him a feeling of “peace.”

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
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