A Poem for a Thursday #69

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I have been reading A Vicarage in the Blitz:  The Wartime Letters of Molly Rich 1940-1944. I love it and thoroughly recommend it. Here is what she says about the poems of W. B. Yeats.

The other day I took two hours off to read the poems of W B Yeats. His poems are lovely but need taking in small doses. I think this is true of all poems. After all, people only write poems because they must. There is no economic reason because it seldom pays. They write because something inside them makes them do so and one gets a glimpse right down to their thought life. Yeat's mind is like a lovely dark etching with bits of bright colour in oil among the darkness. Have you ever thought how odd it is that a great many people may do the same thing every day, but their inner lives are different because they all think differently about the same thing. When you read a lot of one man's poems, you have in a small measure entered inside him. 

I shared one of his poems a while ago but after reading that I had to share another one. I love the connections between the different things I read.

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 crickets 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.  

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
William Butler Yeats


  1. Such a great poem. Molly Rich has it right, I think: pretty much all poems are best taken in small doses; a few here or there is the most one can absorb at a time.

    Which is why I enjoy so much reading your feature. To see a new poem, or even a poem I know, (as this one, though only slightly) in a new context is so much fun. Which is why I enjoy your posts so much more than I do writing my own. For my own, of course, it's poems I already know & have been thinking of. Yours are always a pleasant surprise... ;-) Thanks!

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. I always enjoy reading the poems you select.