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CLIP 9225

W. B. Yeats - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'

W. B. Yeats - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'
Key Info
  • W. B. Yeats - 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'
  • Duration: 01:13
  • An atmospheric recording of W. B. Yeats reading his famous poem, 'The Lake Isle of Inisfree', with selected quotations from the poem appearing on screen. This clip is published as part of the BBC Poetry Season, for more materials on this poet and poetry in general visit the website - Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: 19th Century

  • Keywords: Yeats, recording, voice, interpretation, audio, recite, thepoetryseason
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip is of interest to those studying Yeats and also to students examining interpretation and performance. Recordings could be made of students (and teachers) reading the poem and then comparing with Yeats' version. Would he have read it differently when he was younger? Is the 'poetic voice' suited to the poem? How does the way he stresses words and phrases compare with the way others read the poem?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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