This week The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis featured a piece by writer and artist Wendy Brown-Báez on their blog which discusses the power of poetry as a means for peace. The author’s opening includes a mention of a shocking absurdity involving William Butler Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” Here is that iconic poem to refresh your memory of it, followed by the blog.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
By W. B. 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.
Poetry as a Weapon for Peace and Freedom in the Middle East by Wendy Brown-Báez.