NCERT Solutions for Poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree Class 9 English Beehive

This poem was written by William Butler Yeats. The poet wants peace and calmness in his life that is the reason he wants to go to the lake isle of Innisfree. He describes many more things at the lake of Innisfree. He wants to see the dawn in the morning, sunshine at noon and stars in the night. He wants to hear the song of the crickets, wants to see the linnet birds fly and he wishes to feel the tranquility of the place. Even he can hear the lake water lapping sound while he stands on the roadways.  

NCERT Solutions for Class 9th English Poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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Thinking about the poem

I. Question 1: What kind of place is Innisfree? Think about.

(i) The three things the poet wants-to do when he would go back there. (Stanza I)

(ii) What he hears and sees there (Stanza II) and its effect on him?

(iii) What he hears in his "heart's core" even when he is far away from Innisfree? (Stanza III)


Innisfree is a peaceful and tranquil place where the poet used to spend a great deal of time during his boyhood.

(i) Following are the three things the poet wants-to do when he would go back there:

(a) The poet wishes to build a small cabin out of clay and wattles.

(b) He plans to plant nine rows of beans.

(c) He wants to keep a honeybee hive and live in the bee-laundered glade alone.

(ii) The poet hears a cricket's sing and experiencing peace that spills over the veils of the morning. His evenings are calmed by the wings of the linnet. The poet's mind mesmerizes by the Midnight's glimmering look and serenity of noon's purple glow.

(iii) When he is far from Innisfree, the poet still hears the low sound of lake water washing the shore in his "heart's core."

Question 2: By now you may have concluded that Innisfree is a temple, natural place, full of beauty and peace. How does the poet contrast it with where he now stands? (Read at stanza III)


The poet is very much attracted to Innisfree's calm and beautiful landscape. He yearns for the peace and tranquility he enjoyed during his boyhood. He can still hear and feel the lake water lapping at the shore when he stands among the roadways and grey pavements of the urban setting which is difficult to forget and memorable for him.

Question 3: Do you think Innisfree is only a place, or a state of mind? Does the poet actually miss the place of his boyhood days?


Innisfree represents both the poet's boyhood home and his state of mind. The poet wants to go to Innisfree because Innisfree is an ideal place for him to live in which is free of the hustle and bustle of his usual life. Yes, the poet misses the place of his boyhood days which was much more peaceful and tranquil from the place where he now stands. A poet deeply cherishes the beauty of Innisfree and the lapping of the lake water by the shore.

II. Question 1: Look at the words and the poet uses to describe- what he sees and hears at Innisfree.

(i) Bee-loud glade.

(ii) Evenings full of the linnet's wings.

(iii) Lake water lapping with low sounds.

What pictures do these words create in your mind?


(i) Bee-loud Glade: The poet hears the buzzing sound of the bees and observes them collecting honey.

(ii) Evenings full of the linnet's wings: The sky is filled with the wings of linnet birds during the evening. Poets are embraced by the sound of their fluttering wings.

(iii) Lake water lapping with low sounds: The rippling sounds of lake water mesmerize the poet when he stands on the roadways and pavements.

All the three natural entities creates serene beauty of the Mother Nature. Natural surroundings have a long-lasting effect on our minds, creating a peaceful atmosphere.

Question 2: Look at these words: ... peace comes dropping slow.

Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings

What do these words mean to you? What do you think "comes dropping slow... from the veils of the morning?" What does "to where the cricket sings "mean?


The above line represents that a person's natural surroundings can give them peace of mind.

It means peace and tranquility that "comes dropping slow.... from the veils of the morning". 

The phrase "to where the cricket sings" means to a tranquil environment where one can hear the melodious sounds of nature, such as those of the crickets at dawn.

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