Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W. B. Yeats

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 mourning 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.

Poetry Archive: W. B. Yeats reads

1 comment:

  1. This may seem inaccessible at first glance. How I think it could be taught -
    1. Let students hear the poem, preferably an audio recording.
    2. Ask students to imagine the place that is being described. Emphasize on the quaint little details and the magical music of the place.
    3. Ask students to imagine their own 'haven' or 'secret place' so that they can relate to this poem personally.
    4. Guide students to realize that the experience of this poem transported them to another place. Reading and listening can bring us to other worlds.