Summary of The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats Beehive Class 9

Introduction of The Lake Isle of Innisfree


William Butler Yeats longs to live in a peaceful and beautiful place. In his imagination comes the name of Innisfree where he spent a lot of time as a boy. He knows that a place of natural beauty and peace like Innisfree makes the human soul light. One enjoys life fully in the lap of nature.

Summary of The Lake Isle of Innisfree

The poet dreams of escaping from the busy streets of London. He remembers Innisfree, as a perfect little island that fulfilled all his needs. The poet declares that he will arise and go to Innisfree, where he will build a small cabin "of clay and wattles made". There, he will have nine bean-rows and a beehive, and live alone in the glade loud with the sound of bees ("the bee-loud glade"). He says that he will have peace there, for peace drops from "the veils of morning to where the cricket sings". Midnight there is a glimmer, and noon is a purple glow, and evening is full of linnet's wings. He declares again that he will arise and go, for always, night and day, he hears the lake water lapping "with low sounds by the shore". While he stands in the city, "on the roadway, or on the pavements grey", he hears the sound within himself, "in the deep heart's core.

Stanza 1
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 honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

The poet says he will arise and go to the imaginary place Innisfree. He will build a small cabin there made up of clay and wattles. He wishes to have nine rows of bean‘s plant. He will also keep a hive, a home of honeybees. The poet will leave alone in glade with the sounds of bees.

Stanza 2
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 evenings full of the linnet‘s wings.

Poet will have some peace at the island. The peace will uncover itself slowly in morning. The cricket insect, will sing in morning. The night will be shining. The noon will glow like purple color. The evening will be full of wings of linnet. Linnet is a type of bird. The poet is expecting the linnet birds will be flying all around in evening in Isle.

Stanza 3
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the 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.

The poet repeats, he is determined to go Innisfree. He will arise and go, for always, night and day, he hears the lake water lapping "with low sounds by the shore". While he stands in the city, "on the roadway, or on the pavements grey", he hears the sound within himself, "in the deep heart's core".
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