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

Written by Isobel Lobo, 1st August 2022

Today's Featured Poem is 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by W.B. Yeats and is read by one of The Reader's Criminal Justice Group Leads, Susan.


For the month of August, all our Featured Poems will be selected from the poetry anthology, Through Corridors of Light. The poems within this anthology seek to powerfully respond to the deepest and most private thoughts that commonly preoccupy the seriously ill, but are difficult for most of us to articulate or even recognise.

This anthology features on this year's The Reader Bookshelf. For more information, a link can be found here.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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.
By W.B. Yeats

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