Join a worldwide recitation of The Lake Isle of Innisfree on 3pm, Saturday 19th December 2015

As part of the year-long international celebration of W.B. Yeats, Yeats2015 invites people around the world to recite one of his best-loved poems, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, at 3pm this Saturday 19th December.

How to Get Involved:

  1. Upload an audio or video recording reading Yeats’ iconic poem to Soundcloud, YouTube or Vimeo or your preferred content hosting site.
  2. Post a link to this online recording to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the #YourYeats hashtag, at 3pm [GMT] on Saturday Dec 19th. (Those social media gurus among you can obviously schedule the message if you prefer).
  3. Find the full text for the ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’ here.

Attend a #YourYeats Event:

A #YourYeats will take also place on Dec 19 beneath the Black Tower at Pollexfen House in Sligo, and readings are also planned in New York and London with the support of the DFAT.

A number of recordings of Yeats’ poetry collected throughout the year of Yeats2015 will also be released as part of the #YourYeats celebration, which will form part of world’s largest audio archive of Yeats’ work.

More at or via #YourYeats on social media.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

By William Butler 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.

Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)

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