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

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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
  • 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,..
annujohn | Student

"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.


lit24 | Student

"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.