Sure and She Beat Me to It

March 17, 2006 @ 3:52 am | Filed under: Books, Poetry

Over at Farm School, Becky has posted a great list of Irish-themed books in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Also recipes, audio, movies, and—really beating me to it, because I was going to do the same thing!—a poem by William Butler Yeats.

Yeats is one of my favorite, favorite poets. Especially “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” which of course is where the tagline of this blog comes from. (For some reason it doesn’t show up with my current banner image.)(UPDATE: I figured out why. It’s back. But it won’t stay centered. Don’t ask me why. Also I can’t find a color that shows up well against this image.)

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear the lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

More Yeats poems
Favorite collection of Yeats poetry

Other books set in Ireland:
Hilda Van Stockum‘s Bantry Bay series

Children’s animated video about St. Patrick:
Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle

Movie I loved as a kid but my kids haven’t seen yet:
Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Favorite 80s song by an Irish band

Favorite prayer by St. Patrick

All right, I have to go pour some green milk for my kids. Scott never forgets to color it the night before.


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  1. Yeats is one of my favorites, next to Burns! My daughter is currently in love with all things Scottish, and we have just orders your Martha Books. (and LOVES that a homeschooling mom wrote them!!!) Can you recommend any websites/ book lists for upper elementary,so I could put together a little unit for her?

  2. Ach, I forgot the green milk!

  3. rofl

    You can never have enough Yeats, my dear! And I purposely didn’t pick Innisfree, even though we actually have a little village named Innisfree just down the road, because I think of it as “yours” : )

    I was sorely tempted to add Darby O’Gill to the movie list but decided in favor of John Ford! My kids haven’t seen it yet either, though they did enjoy their breakfast of green milk and green pancakes with (gulp) green syrup — and we’re not even Irish lol.

    Have a wonderful weekend…

  4. Lissa, thanks so much for ALL the great links, we couldn’t stomach the green milk here, but we’re marching around with our own St. Patricks Day in the Morning parade!!

  5. Ah. Green milk. How much fun!!

  6. Since my fourth child, I’m so out of sorts I wore orange on St. Patty’s Day! I was reminded that is the absolute worse color to wear! Oh, well! Since the birth of #4, I’m lucky I even get dressed every day. Thanks for a little Irish Spirit.