I took an unintentional blog break as I moved from the busyness of the school year into helping my parents with a couple of things and now I've suddenly realized:
It is June.
In honor of June, summer, seasonal beauty, and in honor of my deep love for Yeats, I give you "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." Is there anything more perfect?
I'm hosting Poetry Friday this week, so please add your links — June-ish, summery, and otherwise — to Mr. Linky, below.
Happy Arrival of June and Happy Poetry Friday!
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
by William Butler 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 honey-bee,
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 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.
This is indeed perfect. Every word of it strikes a chord within me. "And evening full of the linnet's wings." Ahhh...so much loveliness here. Thanks so much for sharing this poem today and for hosting as well.ReplyDelete
This poem is so peaceful and. puts me in a place for a few moments that I long to be. "Peace comes dropping slowly/ Dropping from the veils of the morning. " You can feel that. Thank you for sharing this and thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
I am all for June! "I shall have some peace there" is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you for sharing this beauty! And, thank you for hosting.ReplyDelete
💖 Beautiful poem, Karen. Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
Lovely poem and made me stop and take some deep breaths, which I needed in the midst of a busy Friday. I did giggle that your post mentions welcoming summer - and mine is a bit of a whinge about it being winter in my part of the world :)ReplyDelete
Luckily I redeem myself with looking on the bright side of winter, and a favourite wintry poem.
Such a gorgeous poem to open summeriness–Thanks for sharing it Karen, all the wonders it gives us, and which leaves one satisfied and wanting more! Thanks for hosting too!ReplyDelete
Hadn't read that one in awhile. So beautiful and calming. Perfect way to welcome summer. Thanks for hosting this week!ReplyDelete
My link is 'otherwise' as June heralded winter for us. (And it did! Cold front sneaking up from snow down south right on the dot of day one.) Enjoy your summer weather!ReplyDelete
I love poems such as Yeat's beauty here, so thank you for sharing a poem that never gets old for me! Happy summer, and thanks for hosting, Karen.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting this week, Karen! "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" is one of my all-time favorites. It is always tucked in my "deep heart's core."ReplyDelete
It is beautiful, Karen. I heard an audio of him sharing this once. I'll see if I can find it. Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
Like you Karen, I am a great fan W. B. Yeats. In fact, one of my favourite all-time poems is the Yeats poem, Host of the Air.' The poem you have chosen to share contains a line of gentle alliteration- 'I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore. It transports me back to Ireland. I also enjoyed his celebration of various times of the day. Good choice. Thank you also for hosting.ReplyDelete
Yeats sets the perfect peaceful tone to welcome summer and you make hosting duties look like a 'peace' of cake, Karen...thank you for both! :)ReplyDelete
Sorry about the wrong links -- Mr. Linky doesn't seem to like me.
Here, for the 3rd time is the correct one (I hope):
Karen, Thank you for hosting! I love that we were both on the summer page! My gardens are blooming, our garage-moving sale is underway, and we are seeing beautiful sunsets, as usual at this time of year. Soon, we'll be at our cabin on the lake! So fitting w/ the Yeat's poem! Thanks again!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting, Karen. What a great poem for the beginning of summer!ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting and for the reminder about this great poem!ReplyDelete
Karen, the poem you chose is the right one for this Poetry Friday. I think everyone is especially intent on the word peace lately. "And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow." Yeats is such a beautiful writer. His last line is nurturing. Thank you for hosting PF.ReplyDelete
I'm not sure if I've posted a poem at Poem Friday before. If I have it's been a while. I'm off to work but when I get home i'll check out the poems for this week.ReplyDelete
This poem makes my breathing slow and my heart rate go down. I think I need to memorize it...ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting!
Karen, thank you for hosting. I almost didn't read it..."oh yeah, Lake Isle, I know that one..." And then I did read it. So specific, so measured, so full of peace and longing: "Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,ReplyDelete
And live alone in the bee-loud glade." Thank you for reminding me that some brilliances do not fade no matter how often you glance upon them.