What is your Innisfree?
In the poem “Lake Isle of Innisfree,” William Butler Yeats is trying to convey a simple theme to the reader. A theme of peaceful independence; the remembrance of a place where one can go to find solitude and get away from the grind of everyday life. Yeats uses alliteration, imagery, paradoxical diction, and rhyme scheme to create his theme of peaceful independence.
The poem itself is a description of that perfect place Yeats goes to whenever he desires peace and quiet from the hurry-up-and-do-it-now world in which he lived. The diction used by Yeats when combined with the imagery of the poem conveys his sense ...view middle of the document...
Living in London, Yeats was thrust into a world of nonstop urban expansion. There was nowhere he could have peace and quiet in London, for such a place didn’t exist within the city at the turn of the century. He needed his place on Innisfree for the calm that “comes dropping slow.”
Yeats also made use of alliteration and nature sounds to further emphasize the feeling of tranquility that he associated with Innisfree combined with his rhyme scheme. The first three lines of each stanza of the poem all have a pause or break in the middle of them. This is to convey the gentle flowing nature of the poem, not unlike the image of waves lapping against the shore. Nature sounds such as the buzzing of the bees, the chirping of the crickets, and the flapping of the birds wings also give the reader the image of serenity as nature and quiet so often go hand in hand. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAB throughout the entirety of the poem. This is another metaphor for the ebb and flow of the lakes waves washing against the shore strengthening the gentle nature the poem is trying to display. It almost puts the reader in...