The poetry of W.B. Yeats is certainly filled with evocative language, exploring themes that are both personal and public. Thematically, he does not write on startlingly unusual topics but his manner of discussing his subject matter, the clever way in which he explores poignant ideas, is what makes his poetry so memorable. He is often intensely personal and writes with unmistakable honesty, discussing universal themes such as nature, death and ageing. His unreserved opinions of Irish society, the sensitive issues of patriotism and national heroes, and his ongoing struggle to accept reality when so consumed by ideals is also evident. Symbols and imagery, and evocative language, aid in his expression of these themes.
Yeat’s personal poetry, like many other poets, revolves around nature as inspiration. “The Lake Isle of Inisfree” is one of these poems, as it describes Yeat’s desire to escape from his city life to the pastoral utopia of Inisfree. This poem is filled with compelling imagery, and uses techniques like assonance in “comes dropping slow” and “low sounds by the shore” to slow down the poem, creating peaceful, dreamlike images of the island.