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Wordsworth Daffodils Essays

Summary: William Wordsworth's "Daffodils" incorporates the ideas and aspects that are essential in poetry from the Romantic movement. Various peaceful images of nature, including a field of daffodils, possess human qualities in the poem. These natural images express Wordsworth's self-reflections, whether it be tranquil solitude at the beginning of the poem or excitement about being in the company of daffodils at the end.


`Daffodils' by William Wordsworth is a typical poem of the Romantic Movement and incorporates the ideas and aspects that are essential in romantic poetry.

The field of daffodils is evidently the subject of this poem, making nature the most apparent feature throughout. As well as this Wordsworth adds a range of natural images such as lakes, trees, stars and even clouds, which area metaphor for himself. Through nature a mood is instantly created from the very first line, "I wandered lonely as a cloud."

The atmosphere established in this poem is very peaceful and the use of nature creates a tranquil yet joyful setting. The imagery of nature and the peacefulness that is created is accomplished through the many metaphors, similes and descriptive language that he uses. For example when he compares the stars to the daffodils " Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle in the Milky...

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Wordsworth And Nature As"The Daffodils" Essay

Dalal Z Jayyousi

Professor Samir M Rammal

The Impulse of Pastoral on Society and Literature

Fall 2013

Analysis of Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

William Wordsworth's "I wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a well-known cheery lyric which focuses on the poet's perception of the beauty of nature. It was written in 1804 and it was first published in 1807 in Poems in Two Volumes. Wordsworth revised and republished the poem again in Collected Poems in 1815.This revised version has remained a classic which most people read today.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed-and gazed-but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

Wordsworth (1770-1850) may be considered the Granddad of romantic poets. He is associated with "the early 19th century movement of Romanticism". (Shmoop Editorial Team). One could argue that the picturesque Lake District, where the poet lived had had a deep influence on his response to nature's beauty. In the preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads "1800", Wordsworth presents his definition of poetry:

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility : the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the tranquility gradually disappears , and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind.

(Wordsworth and Coleridge, 1800).

In my opinion, "I wandered alone as a Cloud" corresponds well with Wordsworth's definition of poetry. It deeply portrays the poet's interaction with nature in very plain language. The poem was inspired by an experience the poet had in company with his sister, Dorothy, on April 15, 1802. Typical of Wordsworth poetic...

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