THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE
by W.B. Yeats
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 honeybee,
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 mourning to where the cricket 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.
So, what's the meter, 7-7-7-4 per stanza, with caesuras in the long lines?
I love the 'bee-loud glade.' Three words and a hyphen, and I can both hear and see it. (Of course, I'm also looking for my bee-sting kit.......)
A lovely poem, usually presented in three 4-line stanzas. I read somewhere that Yeats himself became rather tired of it, because its popularity overshadowed his later work.
Perhaps the talented Talia can use the Edit Post function to correct the unfortunate typo in the 6th line.