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Analysis of W. B. Yeats' poem,

The Isle ***** Innisfree"

Imagery and imagination come together in William Butler Yeats poem, "The Lake ***** of *****." This *****, written about a re*****l place but enhanced for the reader and the writer for further enjoyment, succeeds because it clearly takes the reader away to this mystical *****. Imagery fuels the imag*****ation and Yeats illustrates how a real place can be enhanced w*****h a healthy dose of ideas. In essence, ***** place is improved because of the poet's ability ***** craft a new isle.

***** ***** surface, the poem may simply appear to be about an imaginary place. Stuart Hunter disagrees, noting that Yeats created an "ostensibly nostalgic description of a specific geographic location, that through the particular physical details ***** the symbolic force of details, is transformed in***** a symbolic landscape" (Stuart 70). In addition, he asserts ***** t***** "lake isle is private and enclosed, in this case by the waters ***** Lough Gill. It is fertile, as the beans ***** bees clearly *****dicate. It is numinous, in that is both a ***** ********** and a st*****te of m*****d created by that island" (Stuart 70). Here we see how the details of the place are real and the poet ***** liberty with these facts and creates a ***** version of the locale.

The poet's imagination can be *****n ***** the ***** use of powerful imagery. For example, the poet shows us a cabin "clay and wattles" (Yeats 2), a "hive for a honey bee" (3), a portr*****it of ***** night that is "all a glimmer" (7), *****nd pavements that are "grey" (11). In addition, we have no problem imagining the environment the poet experiences when he writes about ***** water in the "deep heart's core" (1*****). These images take us right where the poet wants ***** to be. The poet's imagination helps feed the ***** for the isle. He does not mean to create an entirely ***** ***** - he ***** wishes to enhance the one that is already there.

While imagination ***** important to the *****, it is not all of it. Stuart claims that the poem is ********** "dismissed as a youthful, nostalgic, derivatively romantic lyric" (***** 71). In this way, we ***** see how the ***** is more than just a w*****hful pl*****ce. The "retreat to ***** island of Innisfree is a journey in search ***** poetic w*****dom and spiritual peace, a ***** prompted by supernatural yearnings, a journey in quest of identity within a tradition" (71). Stuart claims that the wisdom ***** peace that the author seeks can only ***** "*****ized through a poetic and spiritual gr*****p of the purity and even ***** that exists bet*****en the legendary past of the Celtic world and the present" (72). The place is real and it ***** imagined. Clearly, Yeats intended ***** us to see both worlds ***** his lens.

***** Semansky agrees. He states, "***** details in the first stanza read as a kind ***** blueprint for his Eden-like cabin...

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