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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 place. Imagery fuels the imagination ***** Yeats illustrates how a real place can be ***** with a healthy dose ***** ideas. In essence, ***** place is improved because of the poet's ability ***** craft a new *****le.

On ***** 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, ***** through the particular physical details and ***** symbolic force of details, is transformed in***** a symbolic l*****scape" (***** 70). ***** addition, he asserts that t***** "lake isle is private and enclosed, in this case by the waters ***** Lough Gill. It is fertile, as the beans and bees clearly indicate. It is numinous, in ***** is both a ***** *****land and a st*****te of m*****d created by that island" (Stuart 70). Here we see how the details ***** ***** place are real and the poet takes liberty with these facts and creates a mystical version of the locale.

The poet's imagination can be ********** ***** the poet's use of powerful imagery. For example, ***** poet shows us a c*****bin "clay and wattles" (Yeats 2), a "hive for a honey bee" (3), a portr*****it of the night that is "all a glimmer" (7), and pavements that are "grey" (11). In addition, we have no problem imagining the environment the poet experiences when he writes about the 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 images for ***** *****le. He does not mean to create an entirely new place - he ***** wis*****s to enhance the one that is already there.

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

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

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