The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
wattles – twigs, reeds, and branches linnet – a small bird
Questions and Answers
1. The poem is written in hexameter, with the last line of each stanza in tetrameter. How many syllables are in each of the poem’s lines? What is its rhyme scheme?
Each line has twelve syllables (hexameter means six feet) with the last lines of each stanza having eight (four feet). The rhyme scheme is A/B/A/B.
2. In the first two poems, Yeats attempts to describe nature through sensory details and imagery. What does the wording of the second stanza, “veils,” “peace,” and “glow,” suggest nature is most like?
The words chosen suggest divinity and serenity. The image is one of solitude, a death-like experience that is, though, very much alive.
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