S2 E8: The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

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.

Recitation and Photography by Rebeca Budd
Music by Jo Wandrini “Governor Of The North” Epidemic Sound
Location Charleson Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

8 thoughts on “S2 E8: The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats

    1. Thank you, Mandy! I am finding that reciting poetry is a marvelous meditation practice. I am reciting Katherine Mansfield’s poetry. Do you know the poem “Chamomile Tea”? She is a superb writer/poet. Sending hugs

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  1. Of course it feels as if I’ve known this poem all my life, so it’s good to be reminded of it, and its message of solace. And it’s a long time since I’ve thought of of ‘bee-loud glades’. A moment of peace in troubles times, and hopes that Ukrainians will re-discover their own bee-loud glades …. one day.

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    1. I love those words too – ‘bee-loud glades” It reminds me of being in the middle of a meadow during a late summer afternoon when the heat of the day has lost its strength. The idea of homecoming has become more meaningful these day. I pray for peace in troubled days and that darkness will be vanquished. Sending hugs!

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly Liz, – we do have our own Innisfree – a place of home. A few minutes after this was recorded a flight of crows passed overhead on their way to their roost in Burnaby. They come from all over Vancouver, North Vancouver – 6,000 strong to come together for the night. I call it the time of homecoming because it happens every day in early evening. Many thanks for your support and encouragement of poetry. Hugs!

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