In "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," where does the writer see the water lapping?

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The answer to your question is found in the last stanza of the poem:

I will arise and go now, for always night and day

I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore:

While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,

I hear it in the deep heart's core.

The narrator, then, is not physically present on the isle in the lake at Innisfree. He goes there in his memory, longing "night and day" for the peace it represents. The memory of the sound of the "water lapping with low sounds by the shore" takes him away temporarily from life in the city with its "pavements gray."

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