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Featured Poem: The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats

Written by Jamie Barton, 20th September 2023

The Featured Poem for September is W.B. Yeats' 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' from the poetry anthology Stressed, Unstressed which is on this year's Reader Bookshelf 

This poem also features in the latest episode of The Reader Podcast, which you can listen to here.

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 morning 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.

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