The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

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

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The poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" tells of a daydream the poet has while he walks the streets of a city, as he says: "while I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey." He longs for a simple life far from the noise and filth all around him.

The poet's daydream is quite vivid. He will build a small cabin of sticks and rods, plant beans, and keep honey bees. He will hear only soothing natural sounds such as the humming of the bees, the chirping of crickets, and the lapping of waves on the lakeshore. Instead of vistas of buildings, traffic, and pedestrians he will enjoy glowing noontimes and glimmering evenings on the peaceful isle.

Although he walks city streets, his thoughts are full of this peaceful place that he has imagined and the quality of life he would have there. He feels unrequited longing, but also having this vision, even if he cannot fulfill it, also probably gives him a feeling of peacefulness and serenity.

The lake isle of Innisfree is a real place, and Yeats spent...

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