Why did William Butler Yeats say, "I will arise and go now to Innisfree"?

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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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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senthuraan | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

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  • beacause, he really don't wanna live in that modern city and he hatred  so he hated that.-- he explain us his deep sentimental sense towards the line'' I will arise and go now'' he wanna escape from the modern dusty city and wanna go Innisfree, an island in Irelandu.he hates the gloomy life,..
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annujohn | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

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"i will arise and go now" shows the poets (yeats) eager of moving from the city and have a peaceful life with the nature. from this line it is clear that the poet is not in the island.he badly want to escape from the life that he is having.


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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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"When I was a young lad in the town of Sligo I read  Thoreau's essays and wanted to live in a hut on an island in Lough Gill called Innisfree which means "Heather Island."  I wrote the poem in London when I was about 23." W.B. Yeats (1865-1939).

Yeats was born in Dublin but moved to London when he was 2 years old and lived there till he was 16.

The poem is a subjective expression of a young man's yearning for his childhood Eden to offset the alienation he experienced in the urban landscape of the metropolis of London.

The tranquil rhythm of the lyric- "my first lyric with anything in its rhythm of my own music" (Yeats)- emphasises an implicit contrast with the hustle and bustle of London.

The diction of the first line of the poem -"I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree"- is archaic and signals the nostalgic mood which permeates the entire poem.