The Lake Isle of Innisfree

The lake isle of innisfree

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  • About the Poet,
  • Short introduction of the Poem
  • Stanza-wise explanation along with reference and context
  • Keywords and Quick Point after each Stanza
  • Central idea of  The Poem
  • Quiz for deep understanding the poem
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  • Specification (Themes and figure of speech etc.)


William Butler Yeats was born on 13 June 1865, in Sandymount, a coastal suburb of Ireland. Along with being an Irish poet, he was a well-known dramatist and prose writer too. He died on 28 January 1939 due to a heart attack.


“The earth has music for those who will listen”……George Santayana

This poem is about the poet’s desire to stay lonely in a small cabin near the Lake Isle of Innisfree. He wants to build the cabin with clay and wattles, and grow nine rows of beans. He also mentions that he wants to place a honey hive outside his cabin to hear the mesmerizing humming and buzzing sound of bees.

He further describes the peaceful natural scene of the cloudy mornings, the shining stars, the glowing Sun, and birds flying into the deep sky. He says that it gives him peace. He feels relaxed to hear the pleasant sound of the cricket’s song.

Also, he badly wants to visit the surroundings of Lake Isle, due to his urge to live in the calm and peaceful lap of nature, away from the fast-paced furious life of the city. He also expresses his extreme desire by saying that he can hear the sound of a lake everywhere, either on the crowded roads or the grey–coloured pavements of the city in which he lives.

Summary in Hindi: The Lake Isle of Innisfree

यह कविता इस्लेफ्री झील के पास एक छोटे से केबिन में अकेले रहने की कवि की इच्छा के बारे में है। वह मिट्टी और वाट के साथ केबिन का निर्माण करना चाहता है; और फलियों की नौ पंक्तियाँ उगाएँ।

वह यह भी उल्लेख करता है कि वह मधुमक्खियों के गुनगुनाते और गुलजार ध्वनि को सुनने के लिए अपने केबिन के बाहर शहद का छत्ता लगाना चाहता है। वह आगे बादल सुबह, चमकते सितारों, चमकते सूर्य और गहरे आकाश में उड़ते पक्षियों के शांतिपूर्ण प्राकृतिक दृश्य का वर्णन करता है।

वह कहता है कि इससे उसे शांति मिलती है। वह क्रिकेट के गीत की मधुर ध्वनि सुनने के लिए आराम महसूस करता है।
इसके अलावा, वह बुरी तरह से इस्ले झील के परिवेश का दौरा करना चाहता है, क्योंकि वह शहर की तेज भागती भागती जिंदगी से दूर, प्रकृति की शांत और शांत गोद में रहने का आग्रह करता है।

वह यह कहते हुए अपनी चरम इच्छा व्यक्त करता है कि वह हर जगह झील की आवाज़ सुन सकता है, या तो भीड़-भाड़ वाली सड़कों पर या जिस शहर में वह रहता है उसके भूरे रंग के फुटपाथ।


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.


Arise: stand up Cabin: room

Wattles: twisted sticks for making fences, walls

Glade: clearing, open space

Bee loud: the sound made by the buzzing of the bees.

Literary Devices of the Poem

Rhyme Scheme: abab

Alliteration: ‘hive’, ‘honey bee’ – ‘h’ sound is repeated


The poet expresses his desire to go to Innisfree, and build a small room for himself with clay and wattle sticks. He speaks of his plan to grow nine rows of beans to eat during his days of stay, and place a honey hive outside his house to get honey as well as the peaceful buzzing sound of the 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.


Veils: a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or hide the face

Cricket: an insect related to the grasshoppers but with shorter legs. The male produces a characteristic musical chirping sound.

Linnet: a small brown and grey bird with a short beak

Glimmer: something which is shining.

Literary Devices of the Poem

  • Rhyme Scheme: abab
  • Alliteration:‘shall’, ‘some’ – ‘s’ sound is repeated
  • Personification: morning is personified
  • Metaphor: clouds are compared to veils


In these lines, the poet says that he will feel very peaceful on reaching the shores of Lake Isle. He describes the scene around the lake by saying that in the morning time, when it is cloudy, and the view is not very clear, then it will appear as if the morning has worn a veil and has hidden itself.

He says that looking at this scene will make him feel peaceful. He further adds that when the male cricket insect will produce the mesmerizing sound, that sound will give him peace. Also, at midnight when he will see the twinkling stars in the open sky, their shine will give him peace.

In the afternoon, when the sunlight will give a purplish glow, and during the evening, when he will see the linnet bird flying in the sky, then also he will feel very peaceful.

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.


Night and day: all the time Lapping: striking

Heart’s core: the innermost part of the heart

Literary Devices of the Poem

  • Rhyme Scheme: abab
  • Alliteration:‘lake’, ‘lapping’, ‘low’ – ‘l’ sound is repeated


In this stanza, the poet says that he needs to go to Innisfree to spend all his life in the lap of nature, near the lake Isle because the sound of the lake waters striking the shore repeats in his mind all the time.

This sound attracts him towards the lake. He further adds that wherever he is – either standing on the roadway or on the grey–coloured pavements, he hears the sound deep in the innermost part of his heart.


The central idea of the poem highlights the immense love of the poet for the nature. It brings out the poet’s desire to sit lonely in the lap of nature to attain peace.

Central Idea in Hindi

कविता का केंद्रीय विचार प्रकृति के लिए कवि के असीम प्रेम पर प्रकाश डालता है। यह शांति पाने के लिए प्रकृति की गोद में अकेला बैठने की कवि की इच्छा को सामने लाता है।

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“The earth has music for those who will listen”……George Santayana

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