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.
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
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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