Inspired by a real live character by the name of Thoreau Walden, the poet, W.B. Yeats wishes to retire to the island of Innisfree, which is located Lough Hill, Ireland, in search of further wisdom. He decides that with no further ado, he must leave for the island of Innisfree and live in the countryside cabin that he planned to build out of clay and wattles constructed in the framework of interwoven sticks and twigs.
Yeats preference to have a nine bean rows within the sphere of his dwelling can be related to the fact that all through his life he showed a strong commitment to things that are mystical and supernatural and nine is the number that is believed to have a mystical association. A huge hive for the honey bees in the cabin’s yard is company enough for him to live alone in the open glade in the middle of the forest of the island of Innisfree, with the high buzzing sounds of the busy bees.
Yeats strongly believes that, once settled in Innisfree, he shall acquire a great measure of peace which comes down from Heaven just like the dew that falls on the ground in the evening and stays there throughout the night blending with the singing of the cricket, till late morning. Then they disappear altogether with the lifting of the morning mist just like a veil that is lifted from the face of the bride. The glimmering darkness of midnight and the purple Colour of the late afternoon set the scene for the evening with large flocks of linnets flying to and fro, and, in and around the cabin.
Yeats feel the urgent need to go immediately to the island of Innisfree, for eternally, day and night, he will hear the lake water lapping softly on the shores of the island. If he places himself anywhere in the island; on the roadside or the distant pavement; he will continue to hear it deep till the very core of his heart.