English 271_Paper 3

English 271_Paper 3 - English 271 Meter Essay Upon first...

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English 271 – Meter Essay Upon first reading, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” may appear to be written in iambic feet with a few irregularities. After listening to the poet himself perform the piece in his resonant Irish brogue, however, the reader may begin to doubt whether Yeats’ work contains any consistent meter whatsoever. While eschewing structure, poem and speaker simultaneously rebel against their supposed oppressors—meter for the former and industrial life for the latter. Ironically, while the poem deliberately avoids a set rhythmic pattern, it creates a unique kind of music through iterating patterns of meter which artfully echo the speaker’s sense of tension between life in nature and existence in society. Depending on the reading, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” can convey multiple different auditory structures which interact and often conflict, creating a stylistic echo to the speaker’s struggle against strict order. When Yeats himself performs the poem, however, a dramatic shift occurs in which syllables receive stresses. No clearly
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