W. B. Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree

This poem is about the hope that all loners feel once in a while. In the first stanza, Yeats mentions a small cabin and beekeeping, a common theme for those who want to “live alone.” The narrator seeks peace and realizes that is hard to come by (“for peace comes dropping slow”). In the third stanza, the narrator indicates that he wants to spend his days here (“for always night and day”) and always hear “like water lapping with low sounds by the shore.” Finally he comes to the realization that the only way he can keep the Lake Isle with him always, even while standing “on the roadway or on the pavements gray” is by keeping it in his heart and mind (” in the deep heart’s core”).

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