Thematic Comprehension Of Landscape In Lake Isle Of Innisfree By William Butler Yeats

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The Thematic Comprehension of Landscape in “Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats
Penned in 1888, the twelve-line poem “Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats incorporates a mythological allure to ancient western lands through the speakers yearning to venture into an alternative landscape that contrasts with the encompassing reality surrounding them. However, while the speaker throughout the three major stanzas of the poem mentions that they will “arise and go now, and go to Innisfree” the speaker never does- thus ending the poem under the false notion of humanities yearning to escape their own reality for one of “peace” and solitude where one can be close to nature (Yeats 1-12). Historically, this poems understanding of the landscape as unattainable for the speaker, represents a key part of the Irish literary revival, through the importance of Irish culture and nature, thus fulfilling Yeats ' grasp of Irish society and life through the inhabitant land of Innisfree. Yeats throughout the poem profoundly ventures into the idealism that the thematic focus of landscape that is unattainable for the speaker thus becomes the changing factor
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While the specific stanza of the poem is not explicitly explained as a particular land such as Innisfree, the understanding of historical context, however, alludes to a change in landscape, as Innisfree was a land unihabtianted by man and thus can never have manmade entrapments such as pavements and roadways. In all, the contrasting landscape within the poem embodies both mythical and realistic elements of Ireland culture that personify the thematic use of landscape as means to represent humanities need to be close to

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