1. What kind of place is Innisfree? Think about:
(i) the three things the poet wants to do when he goes back there
(ii) what he hears and sees there and its effect on him (stanza
(iii) what he hears in his
core" even when he is far
away from Innisfree (stanza III).
2. By now you may have concluded that Innisfree is a simple,
natural place, full of beauty and peace. How does the poet
contrast it with where he now stands? (Read stanza III).
3. Do you think Innisfree is only a place, or a state of mind?
Does the poet actually miss the place of his boyhood days?
1. (i) The poet wants to build a small cabin
with clay and twisted sticks, have nine rows of bean plantation
and a beehive. He wants to live there alone in the open place.
(ii) He draws peace and tranquillity by listening to the
sound, watching the glimmering midnight, the afternoon with
purple glow and the linnets flying in the evening.
(iii) Even when he is far away from Innisfree, he hears the sound
of the lake water washing the shore in his
2. The poet contrasts the simple, natural and
peaceful Innisfree to the urban setting. The poet depicts
Innisfree in gorgeous dreamy light, such as
and in vibrant sounds, such as cricket's song and buzzing of the
bees. On the other hand, he depicts the place where he now
stands, i.e. the roadways or pavements, as
lacking beauty and peace.
3. Although Innisfree is the
boyhood haunt, it also represents his state of mind. The poet
wishes to escape to Innisfree as it is more peaceful than where
he is now-the
city. Innisfree is representative of what the poet considers an
ideal place to live, which is devoid of the restless humdrum of
Yes, the poet actually misses the place of his boyhood days. Even
when he is away from Innisfree , he recalls the sound of the lake
water washing the shore.
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