Why did William Butler Yeats say, "I will arise and go now to Innisfree"?
Innisfree is a little island in a lake near the town of Sligo, on the north west coast of Ireland. When Yeats was a boy, he spent his summers in Sligo and sometimes rowed out to the island. As an adult he often yearned for these idyllic summers; Innisfree offers peaceful isolation from the busyness and turmoil of the city. The soothing sounds of the poem convey the peaceful solitude offered in nature.
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