The Lake Isle of Innisfree – William Butler Yeats

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read by WB Yeats

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Yeats discusses his style of reading

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 mourning 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.

(1892)

2 thoughts on “The Lake Isle of Innisfree – William Butler Yeats

  1. admin Post author

    there may be an issue with the 32 second piece on Yeats and his reading (at least there is on my current computer – the mp3 seems to be playing on the wrong speed). I’ll look into fixing it once I’ve returned to my home computer on Thursday or Friday.

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