Russell Shorto

In Ireland, Chasing the Wandering Soul of Yates

New York Times, Travel Section

by Russell Shorto

April 17, 2015

I will arise and go now. …

Surprisingly often, when I get up from a chair to leave a room, those six melodramatic words will unfurl in my mind. Somehow William Butler Yeats’s poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” which, like millions of other people, I first read in college, stays rooted in me: