Lake Isle

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Relevant background
  WB Yeats was born in 1865 in Dublin. His family was upper class.
  Yeats received classes in art and thus could paint a scene well with words.
  Despite dyslexia and early difficulty with learning the alphabet, he turned into the greatest Irish Poet of the Twentieth Century.
  He spent some of his early life in London. That’s where he wrote The Lake Isle of Inisfree at the age of 25. The Isle was a place he daydreamed about.
  He loved Sligo, his mother’s home place and the location for The Lake Isle of Inisfree.
  The Lake Isle of Inisfree is a poem which shows that Yeats was a bit of dreamer, like a lot of poets. He liked to dream of a beautiful place like Inisfree.
  The poem also shows how simple use of language could achieve musical effects.
The Poetic Development of Yeats

Phase Number 1:

  -Worldly and simple poetry which was influenced by the Celtic legend and the folk culture of the Irish peasants. (The Wanderings of Oisin) (1888)/ The Rose (a collection) (1893) [They are dreamy Romantic lyrics] [Yeats: his poetry “has the overcharged color inherited from the romantic movement”
-the heroes of Yeats early poetry are always deserting the real world for an imaginary world.

-For these heroes the real world is a sad unsatisfactory place [in one of his early poems “the fairies warn the child they are stealing that the world is more full of weeping than you can understand”

-In the imaginary world the heroes seem to have lost connection with the laws of the real world [In innisfree Yeats seem to be immortal where nth that is ugly jars and where nth that is beautiful fades]

-Yeats’ early poetry was frankly escapist and its main purpose was not to interpret life but to compensate for life.

His early writing follows the conventions of romantic verse, utilizing familiar rhyme schemes, metric patterns, and poetic structures. Although it is lighter than his later writings, his early...