Yeats’ Lake Isle of Innisfree, Sligo, Ireland

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It was a typical day in Ireland when we got to Lough Gill in County Sligo to see the Lake Isle of Innisfree. There was a light rain.

The Isle of Innisfree is an uninhabited island within Lough Gill, in County Sligo, Ireland, where Yeats spent his summers as a child.

Yeats never actually lived on Innisfree. Nor does anyone else. But it does sit as a landmark of 20th Century poetry, nevertheless. Here it is, so you don't have to click.

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

Here's some more information about how you can educate yourself about Yeats and Sligo–and get a fantastic meal while you are at it.

And here are a few more images from our time in Sligo, including the grave of William Butler Yeats which bears some words from his poem, “Under Ben Bulben.”

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4 thoughts on “Yeats’ Lake Isle of Innisfree, Sligo, Ireland”

    • There are so many candidates for long exposures here in Ireland, Matt. I’m going to have to start carrying my tripod more. First, I’m going to buy a lighter tripod, though. The main reason I don’t carry mine is that it’s too damn heavy.


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