My Selection
Published in

My Selection

My Selection — “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

A poem by William Butler Yeats

Parkes Castle & Lough Gill. County Leitrim, Ireland. Photo by IrishFireside. Link.

I use this amazing Irish poem when we study the American writer Henry David Thoreau and Walden. The parallels are striking: Thoreau in 1854 in America and William Butler Yeats from Ireland in 1888 while walking down Fleet Street in London.




“All good books are the same and when you read a good book you realize it’s already passed on to you and then that book becomes yours whatever good or bad or enjoyable in it. There are evils, sadness, people, towns and seasons there, they all become yours.” (Ernest Hemingway)

Recommended from Medium

Everything reminds me of You

Welcome the New Day With a Smile Made of Water


I am the voice

Falling into the sky

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Walter Bowne

Walter Bowne

This poet-angel-hipster dude from Jersey writes satire, humor, fiction, poetry, essays on music, travel, gardening, and his belly button. He’s a trophy husband.

More from Medium

Prison of Your Own Thoughts

The madness of reading

Cape Fear: a poem

Twenty-Six Letters