The lyric is one of the loveliest written in this age. It gives almost a perfect expression of the feeling of home-sickness or nostalgia. We often feel weary of the din and bustle of life in and long for the peace and quietude of a beautiful natu poem gives expression to that feeling of weariness and ideally simple but beautiful place. It is the yearning of heart of man translated into the music of his dreams feel themselves strangers and sojourners in an alien and unin world, the Lake Isle of Innisfree is the symbol of the pla they would be, and where the soul at last shall possess itself The sad and moving lines create a wonderful feeling in the mind because of their vague pictures and quaint ideas. The atmosphere intensifies the mystic feeling, and the reader finds him as. The vague transported by the enchantment of music into a world where the actors are spirits.
Development of Thought
The poet has become weary of city life and so yearns to go to the lonely isle of Innisfree where he would find peace and solitude in place of the din and noise of the world. There he would grow his own food and keep a bee-hive. And a small cottage made of clay and wattles would be his modest dwelling in the natural and peaceful surroundings. His heart is in that island and even now he seems to hear the sound of the lapping water of the lake. And this lures him to that peaceful place, from the din and noise of London.
The poet paints here the ideal land of romance with its exquisite natural beauty with its peaceful sounds and scenes. Things calm and quiet would be in perfect harmony with his own soul.
A Poem of Escape
The poem records the poet’s mood of escapism. Yeats is the great poet in the English romantic tradition. All roman particularly Shelley and Keats, were escanists. They yearned ideal and the beautiful world. Yeats in this poem expresses to escape from the roar and din in the busy London beautiful and quiet island of Innisfree. It is the lone peace, bright rivers and lovely sights and sounds. He to arise and go to the magical island, because he the deep heart’s core. The call cannot be denied. He will now respond to it.
Immediate Source of Inspiration of the Poem
The sight of a tinkling fountain in a London shop on shop served as the immediate-source of inspiration for the poem. The sight of the fountain reminded the poet of the enchanted island. The beautiful sights of his beloved island suddenly flashed across his mind’s eye. He felt that he was hearing the soul of the water of rivers of the island. These rivers seemed to call him. He longed for the peace and loneliness of the island.
As a Lyric
The poem because of its dreaminess and the note of escapism puts the poet in the direct line of the romantics with Shelley and Keats. The poem is pregnant with deep longings. It expresses the poet’s deep-seated desire for the lovely island of Innisfree. The poem was another quality of lyric, namely music. The rhythm has haunting melody and dreamy suggestiveness.
The poem belongs to the poet’s early period. The style is picturesque and ornate. The poem is remarkable for its pictorial quality. Note the splendid picture of the beautiful sights and sounds of the island.