Posted by: Nathan | April 26, 2007

A little poetry

We all need more poetry in our lives. Well, I do at least. I’ve rediscovered how much I enjoy a great poem, and I thought I’d share the love. I don’t know if this will turn into a series or what (I couldn’t think of a good name for it), but here’s one of the giants of the Twentieth Century, William Butler Yeats (my boy), and one of his best poems. Read it aloud to get maximum enjoyment.

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.

Would you like to hear the story behind the poem and Yeats himself reading it? Click here.


  1. Thanks, Nathan. I can always use more poetry. Incidentally, by labelling Yeats “my boy,” you gave me images of you and another literary scholar doing a PTI-type show, with said scholar deriding Yeats by calling him “your boy.” 🙂

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