The poet lives in the city so he is bored and worn out. All he longs for is a retreat to the lake-village of Innisfree.

Stanza 1

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.

Meaning
  • Innisfree
  • Cabin – A small house
  • And a small cabin build there – I will build a small cabin there.
  • Clay and wattles – The poet will use clay and sticks to build his cabin
  • Nine bean-rows will I have there – I will cultivate nine rows of beans
  • Bee-loud glade –
Questions & Answers
    1. Where is the poet planning to go now?
      The poet is planning to go to the lake isle of Innisfree.
    2. What are the poet’s plans once he gets back to Innisfree?
      The poet plans to make a small cabin in the lake isle of Innisfree and plant nine rows of beans and keep a hive for honey bees and live alone there.
    3. How is the poet planning to make his cabin?
      The poet is planning to make his cabin using clay and wattles.
    4. What is the poet missing at present?
      At present the poet is missing the peace of mind.
Stanza 2

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.

Meaning

  • Dropping slow – Coming slowly like the early morning sun.
  • Veils – Curtains
  • Veils of the morning – The early morning mist
  • Midnight’s all a glimmer – The moon brightens the evening.
  • Linnet’s wings – So many linnet birds fly in the evening.
Questions & Answers
  1. In the poet’s opinion, how does peace come?
    In the poet’s opinion, peace comes very slowly like the early morning sun that appears by removing the morning mist that hides the nature.
  2. What does the poet think about mornings, noons, evening and midnights in Innisfree?
    In the mornings, the early morning sun removes the morning mist to reveal the true nature behind it. The noons are not so shiny as they are in the city while midnights are shiny because of the moon. In the evenings, the linnets fill the nature by flying all the while.
Stanza 3

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.

Meaning
  • Lapping
  • Shore – Lakeshore
  • Pavements grey – Grey pavements
Questions
  1. Where is the poet at present? How do you know that?
    The poet is in city at present. We get to know about that as in the first line the poet mentions that he is willing to go to the lake Isle of Innisfree. Apart from that, the poet also mentions that he is standing on the gray pavements of the city’s roadway.
  2. While staying back in the city, the poet is able to hear something that he always misses. What is that?
    The is able to hear the distant sounds of the lake water softly lapping the lakeshore day and night.
  3. How do we come to know that the poet is missing Innisfree?
    We come to know that the poet is missing Innisfree as he mentions that in his heart he can feel the distant sounds of the lake water softly lapping the lakeshore day and night.
  4. The poet laments the mechanical lifestyle in cities. Pick out examples and explain.
    The poet laments the mechanical lifestyle in cities as there is a loss of peace in city as compared to Innisfree.

Biju John is an educational writer, educator and the author of OM - The Otherwise Men. He gives live classes on Skype and Facebook. You can attend his 3 Day Classes (English & Business Studies) in Delhi, Bangalore, Qatar and Dubai. His Contact number is 91 9810740061.

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