7.1.12

On a grey January day dreaming of an old Irish poem





One of the only poems I can recite is this one. It's not so much that it was loved by me, it's more that it was repeated endlessly in primary school. On re-reading it as an adult I finally understood. Now I love it and indeed "hear it in the deep heart's core," especially on a grey January day. What a treat to have beautiful words in your head!


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 honeybee, 
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 gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

William Butler Yeats





10 comments:

  1. I remember this poem from school but not reciting it...it is lovely and so are your grey day photos...full of subtle pastels mixed with grey

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  2. Beautiful photos!!
    ♥Crissi♥

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  3. Beautiful poem. Cabins, beehives and beans by a lake? Sounds like my idea of heaven.

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  4. One of my favourites too. Off to Coole Park with the kids today for a nature walk and picnic.

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  5. Love the moody colours in these photos Catherine, would love to gaze at the bottom one on my bedroom wall, just beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful imagery for beautiful words. Thanks for sharing this poem.

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  7. Beautiful poem. So many things like this we don't understand until we're adults.

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  8. Innisfree is definitely the place to be :-)

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  9. We had this poem at school and i've always loved it but i haven't heard it for a while...
    Special photos, too!

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  10. I've always loved Yeats' beautiful poem and you have illustrated it perfectly with those atmospheric photos.

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