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Blog Post #1: 10 observations about Yeats’ “The lake Isle of Innisfree”

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1: Several lines start with the word “And” giving a run-on sentence feel.

2: The first stanza and the last stanza have corresponding meters and rhyme schemes.

3:The middle stanza is less organized and more scattered on the page.

4: “I will arise and go now” repeats at at the beginning of the final stanza, which works to create a full circle in the content of the poem.

5: Looking at the form of this poem in its entirety, it looks sort of like a sandwich or a cheeseburger with two solid stanzas on both the top and bottom, and then a mess of ingredients in the middle.

6:The inventory that he lists in the first stanza of all his belongings is quite short.

7:Several words have a solemn and solitary connotation such as “alone,” “slow,” “peace,” “glow.”

8:The poem reads in the future tense. In other words, this is a goal or dream that the narrator has. He states, “I will” and “I shall.”

9:The middle section feels more enchanting with phrases such as “midnight’s all a glimmer,” “Noon a purple glow,” “Crickets singing,” “Evening full of linnets wings.”

10: The final stanza comes back into present tense, and is more raw in its depiction of nature. For instance, grey pavement and lapping water.



  • I really like the way you describe the layout of the poem in your fifth observation. I think that your observations show a broader picture about the middle stanza and speak to how disorganized syntax relates to a dreamlike state. Out of curiosity, do you still feel this way after hearing Yeats read this poem during class on Friday?

  •   Quadrese' Glass
    September 11th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    You’re observation about the tense of the poem is of import, I believe; it conveys a longing/ desire. Based off of the conversation we had in class on Friday, which helped contextualize the poem, Yeats was longing to return to a childhood refuge, a place far away from the chaos of the city.

  •   Professor Seiler
    September 12th, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Nice start to the blog, Owen. I agree with Quadrese’ and Michaela about the promise of your interest in the poem’s tone and its middle stanza. To the latter point, usually if a stanza is something of a “misfit” within a poem, that’s a good place to start digging. What’s incredible in those visually longer lines at the center of the poem is that in them, WBY in fact maintains a more or less regular rhythm.

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