The name Innisfree is in a short poem by Yeats describing a peaceful island on a small lake in Ireland. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), an Irish poet, dramatist and prose writer, one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.
Read the poem while listening to a 1932 recording by the author.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
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 morning 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.