Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats

Happy Birthday

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

By William Butler Yeats

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.


8 Replies to “Happy Birthday William Butler Yeats”

    1. I am so glad that you enjoyed this poem! He has an unusual way of reciting poetry, which makes his poems even more memorable.


    1. About 5 years ago, I decided to walk back and forth from work – my commitment to the environment. The round trip was just a little over a hour. That was when I discovered audiobooks from the local library. One of the first was “In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry.” It was poets reading their own poetry, from Walt Whitman to W.H.Auden to Edna St. Vincent Millay. I was overwhelmed by the emotional impact of the poetry! When William Butler Yeats read “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” I heard his phrasing, pitch etc. I was fascinated. This morning I listened to it again – my way of saying thank you and Happy Birthday!

      You always make my day!!!


      1. Well said – that is exactly what it is – a feeling, and a different way of processing knowledge….


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