reduces the meaning of the poem itself to a very small thing.Poems should be universal.
Relying too much on Spencer’s presentation of
. Yes, Yeats has occult tendencies, and loves to feature antitheses,gyres, and all that, but remember that none of the poems we’velooked at (besides Sailing to Byzantium, and still it’s very close)were published after
was—they all came before. Socertain images may be
of Yeats’ thinking, but they donot directly correspond to that theory—he hadn’t completed ityet!
Now, THE POEMS
1. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
Structure: Lyric poem (expressing feelings/desires) in first personRhyme scheme abab Three stanzas, with 1
3 lines of each being 13 syllables and lastline of each 8 syllables.
Summary: Speaker’s expression of desire to find a peaceful,beautiful place to live, shown to be useless in the last stanza—the idyllic home is imaginary but still desired. Theme: People canimagine peacefulness and thus partially escapeunhappiness/chaos?
– All senses affected (“clay and wattles”=touch;“glimmer,” “purple glow”=sight; “bee-loud,” “lake waterlapping”=hearing; “honey-bee”=possibly taste; etc.) –Allcontribute to a motif of peacefulness, contrasted with the laststanza
(pleasant combination of sounds) – Contributes topeacefulness
“and evening full of the linnet’s wings”;where the wings represent the linnets themselves—adds tocompleteness of the scene
Important lines:“Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee” (3)“And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow”(5)“I will arise and go now, for always night and day” (9)“While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” (11-12)
Hear Yeats read the poem aloud athttp://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15529