The speaker states that he's off to Innisfree. Uh, whootywhat?
Innisfree is a small island in a lake called Lough Gill, in Sligo County, Ireland.
Yeats grew up visiting Sligo every year, and taking small trips to Lough Gill.
You know what jumps out at Shmoop here? This speaker sounds pretty resolved. I will arise! And go now! And go to Innisfree!
Geez, buddy, we get it. So get movin' already.
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
First, we have to tell you that wattles are rods and stakes mixed with sticks and branches to make walls or fences. They sound hilarious, but they're actually pretty standard fencing fare.
So he's going to build a small cabin and it's going to be pretty simple and rustic, right?
Right away we can tell this isn't your typical dream-vacation fantasy palace. He's not building some villa with an infinity pool.
And once again, we've got some serious determination on our hands. This guy is making plans. Let's see if he keeps 'em.
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
He says he's going to have a small bean garden and a beehive for honeybees. This guy sounds like he's in serious need of retirement.
"Glade" is an open space in a forest, so you can probably picture the bee glade as a clearing in the woods surrounding his tiny cabin with swarms of honeybees.
In line 4 the speaker states that he wants to live alone, surrounded only by the sound of bees and the presence of nature. Why no friends and family to share it, buddy?
Anything else you Shmoopers notice? Oh! Oh! Pick me!
Yep, these lines create a rhyme scheme for the first stanza, when you combine them with the first two lines: ABAB. Innisfree rhymes with honeybee, and made rhymes with glade. Nifty, right? For more, check out our section on "Form and Meter."