Ireland’s 100 favourite poems w b yeats it is a relatively simple poem but it contains a few surprises and uncertainties the phrase cloths of heaven is sometimes taken refer to the kind of cloths one might imagine being seen in heaven, but it’s far more likely that yeats uses the word ‘heavens’ to mean the sky and the natural world.
Throughout yeats' poetry, he is constantly referring to, with veiled metaphors or otherwise, his home country ireland yet his love for ireland is not as simple as it could be he has criticisms and anxieties for his home country, which are eloquently displayed in his poetry. William butler yeats (13 june 1865 – 28 january 1939) was an irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature a pillar of both the irish and british literary establishments, he helped to found the abbey theatre , and in his later years served as a senator of the irish free state for two terms. The lake of innisfree also portrays yeats love for rural ireland, he describes the purple glow at noon and the water lapping it is in this poem that we are introduced to the fantasy vision yeats held of the irish peasant.
William butler yeats is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century he belonged to the protestant, anglo-irish minority that had controlled the economic, political, social, and cultural life of ireland since at least the end of the 17th century. The lake isle of innisfree is a three stanza poem, each quatrain made up of three long lines and one short the rhyme scheme is abab and all end rhymes are full this brings a sense of closure and order. This romantic image of ireland which yeats loves so much is not left in the stolen child in the lake isle of innisfree, we see again strong use of natural imagery to conjure a very romantic, very pleasing and idyllic image of rural ireland in even the mind of a foreigner.
From an early age, yeats felt a deep connection to ireland and his national identity, and he thought that british rule negatively impacted irish politics and social life his early compilation of folklore sought to teach a literary history that had been suppressed by british rule, and his early poems were odes to the beauty and mystery of the irish countryside.
Yeats, therefore, views both aging and death as more or less positive forces images of irish nature it is not surprising that a collection entitled the rose draws heavily upon nature imagery yeats draws upon natural imagery both in terms of the symbols he employs and in the settings he summons.
Ireland by gathering together her literature—the fairy tales, legends and myths—thus gathering together her people when the attempt failed, unity of being in a ^•william butler yeats, explorations (new york: the macmillan company, 1962), p ^3t 2willlam butle r yeats, fou years: 1887-1891 in the autobiography of william butler yeats.