27 January 2009


The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

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 grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

By William Butler Yeats (1892)


  1. I've always loved Yeats' poetry.

  2. One of my favorite poems. Is that photo the real Innisfree or a Yorkshire substitute?

  3. Love Mr. Yates, anytime, anyplace.

  4. Apparently not enough to spell his name correctly. Am turning in my English Teacher's beanie in the morning.

  5. Thank you for Yeats. I don't think I have ever read the whole poem. I remember singing the first verse at school!!!!!!!!!!

  6. MR PLAGUE - The photo is of the real Isle of Innisfree which is in northwestern Ireland. A Yorkshire substitute would have been much bigger and better.
    Ms GORGE - Nice of you to drop by. Is a beanie some kind of contraceptive?
    DELWYN - And nice of you to drop by too. We don't get too many Australians round these parts.

  7. Yes, I like it too and it was good to read it again. I like it when I find a poem on someone's blog - - unless it's terrible!

  8. They are hats with propellers at the top. We got them when we passed the Comprehensive Exam in Grad School. Haven't people said that being a teacher is often contraceptive enough? I've heard you take in to consideration previous student's names, as in "I would never name a child ..." (cue visible shudder and gagging noises).

  9. there once was a man from brazil
    who swallowed a dynamite pill
    his heart retired
    his arse backfired
    and his willy shot over the hill

    (Seamus Heaney)

  10. I'm a fan of the 'bee-loud glade.'


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