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The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Tone and Mood
In this poem, the tone is peaceful, thoughtful, expectant and harmonious
in keeping with the poem's theme. The words that reflect this mood are
'...I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow'.

Structure and Style

* The poem is written in three stanzas. Each stanza has four lines.
*The rhyme scheme in this poem is ABAB. This means that the last word in line 1
rhymes with the last word in line 3. Therefore,
Innisfree (stanza 1, line 1) rhymes with 'bee' (stanza 1, line 3).
Similarly, the last words in line 2 and 4 rhyme,
e.g. made (stanza 1, line 2) rhymes with glade (stanza 1, line 4).

* In stanza 2, slow (line 1) rhymes with glow (line 3) and sings (line 2)
rhymes with wings (line 4).

* In stanza 3, day (lline 1) rhymes with grey (line 3) and shore (line 2)
rhymes with core (line 4).

* This rhyme scheme creates a sence of harmony. It reflects the peace,
serenity that the poet sees in the Lake Isle of Innisfree.

* In this poem, the poet uses a variety of literary devices to make his poem
interesting and vivid.

Imaginery
The poet creates pictures / images in the minds of the readers to stress
a particular point. This poem has strong visual (appeal to eyes) and
auditory (appeal to ears) imaginery.

A - Visual Imaginery (veils of the morning, midnight's all a glimmer,
noon a purple glow, evening full of the linnet's wings
)

B - Auditory Imaginery (bee-loud glade, cricket sings, lake water lapping)

The images create a vivid picture of the place which gives a sense of inner
peace and harmony.

Metaphor
The poet uses this to compare two or more things without using the words
'like' or 'as', e.g. 'peace (evening) comes dropping slow', veils of the morning.

Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds, e.g. 'lake water lapping with low sounds.'

Repetition
Certain words, sounds and even stanzas are repeated in a poem which serves to
stress certain ideas, pictures / images, sounds or moods,
e.g. 'dropping slow, dropping, I will... now'.

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