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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The theme of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is "Return to Nature". The poem is living in urban area, characterised by industrialisation, materialistic thinking and fancy living. There is noise, pollution, diseases and every evil in the city life. The poet seems to be fed up with such a kind ofRead more

    The theme of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is “Return to Nature”. The poem is living in urban area, characterised by industrialisation, materialistic thinking and fancy living. There is noise, pollution, diseases and every evil in the city life.

    The poet seems to be fed up with such a kind of life. He desires peace and liberty. Hence he desires to go back to The Lake Isle of Innisfree. He imagines to have built a hut of clay, grown vegetables and also reared bees.

    He does not want to hear the noise of city life. Instead, he is interested in listening to the voice of cricket. He does not like the hurry life of city. He desires peace which comes slowly. Hence the poet is desiring to give up the civilization and live in solitude.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Following literary devices have been used in the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree: Metaphor: A metaphor shows direct comparison between two things which the use of as or like. e.g. "veils of the morning ", "deep heart’s core". Here night is referred to as veils of morning. Similarly poet's desires arRead more

    Following literary devices have been used in the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree:

    1. Metaphor: A metaphor shows direct comparison between two things which the use of as or like. e.g. “veils of the morning “, “deep heart’s core”. Here night is referred to as veils of morning. Similarly poet’s desires are referred to as deep heart’s core.
    2. Alliteration: It is the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. e.g. “a hive for the honey-bee”, “live alone in the bee-loud glade”, “a glimmer, and noon a purple glow”, “lake water lapping with low sounds”.
    3. Anaphora: It is the repetition of a word or expression at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, sentences, or verses. e.g. “I will”, “go”.
    4. Personification: It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human. e.g. “cricket sings”. Singing is the characteristic of humans and has been attributed to cricket (an insect).
    5. Images: Images are representation of something which draw on the five senses. e.g. Visual Images (midnight’s all a glimmer, noon a purple glow), Auditory Images (the bee-loud glade, the cricket sings, I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore) etc.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The title of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree depicts poet's desire to go to the island of Innisfree Lake. The lake does not simply refer to a water body. Instead, it symbolises something deep and profound. It depicts freedom, peace and a place to escape from the problems of civilization. In theRead more

    The title of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree depicts poet’s desire to go to the island of Innisfree Lake. The lake does not simply refer to a water body. Instead, it symbolises something deep and profound. It depicts freedom, peace and a place to escape from the problems of civilization.

    In the poem, the poet expresses his desire to move to the shore of this Lake because he is tired of the materialistic world. He does not like fancy life. Instead, he is interested in living a very simple life in solitude.

    The title of the poem thus gives a glimpse of poet’s desire. Hence it is well suited to the content of the poem.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In the beginning of the poem, the poet is imagining the peaceful environment of the Innisfree. However at the end of the poem, the poet is saddened by the fact that he is in the city life. The roadway and the pavements grey refer to the ugly face of the urban world. Note that the poet describes paveRead more

    In the beginning of the poem, the poet is imagining the peaceful environment of the Innisfree. However at the end of the poem, the poet is saddened by the fact that he is in the city life. The roadway and the pavements grey refer to the ugly face of the urban world. Note that the poet describes pavements as grey (which is of course ugly).

    Hence, the poet is comparing the paradise-like environment of Innisfree with the hell-like place (the city).

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In this poem, the poet expresses his desire to go to Innisfree. He starts imagining his life there. He thinks about building a small cabin (i.e. a hut made up of clay and branches) there. Next he talks about the view of that place which he tries to capture in the words. According to him, there willRead more

    In this poem, the poet expresses his desire to go to Innisfree. He starts imagining his life there. He thinks about building a small cabin (i.e. a hut made up of clay and branches) there.

    Next he talks about the view of that place which he tries to capture in the words. According to him, there will be beans of green colour (visual imagery) and a hive for honey bees which will be buzzing (auditory imagery).

    The veils (darkness) will vanish away after the morning comes. The cricket will be singing (auditory imagery). The midnight will be shining with the dim light of stars and noon will be glowing with purple colour. The sound of lake water lapping by the shore will sooth his ears.

    In every line, the poet captures the sound as well as sight of Innisfree and tells the readers that nature is the real healer of soul.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The message of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is that city life is full of misery, restlessness, pollution and ugliness. In the poem, the poet desires to escape from city life to the peaceful environment of Innisfree. According to the poet, the city is full of materialism (when he says that heRead more

    The message of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is that city life is full of misery, restlessness, pollution and ugliness. In the poem, the poet desires to escape from city life to the peaceful environment of Innisfree.

    According to the poet, the city is full of materialism (when he says that he will build a small cabin with mud and twigs). It is full of pollution and lack greenery (when he says that he wants to grow beans there). It is full of noise (when he desires to hear the buzzing of bees).

    The poet believes that peace can be achieved only in nature because nature is slow and patient unlike the city life. And in the final lines, the poet portrays the picture of city life and also depicts the reason why he wants to escape. According to him, he stands near the grey pavement (which is of course ugly) and dreams of Innisfree.

    The the message of the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree is escape from hectic city life to peaceful nature.

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