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I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

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Transcript of I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

William Wordsworth: 1770-1850
Region: England
School: Romantic
Born on 7 April 1770
His parents died before he was 15, and he and his four siblings were separated.
As a young man, developed a love of nature, a theme reflected in many of his poems.
Wordsworth’s interest and sympathy for the life, troubles, and speech of the “common man.
In 1794 he was reunited with his sister Dorothy, who became his close friend and moral support. They settled near Glencoyne Bay, Ullswater where Dorthy's journal entry about the area inspired "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" in 1804.
In 1802, Wordsworth married a childhood friend, Mary Hutchinson.
Two of his children died, his brother was drowned at sea and Dorothy suffered a mental breakdown.
Wordsworth died on 23 April 1850. His great autobiographical poem, 'The Prelude', which he had worked on since 1798, was published after his death.
William Wordsworth's Background
The Poem
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 leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but 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.

References
Analysis
themes, meanings, literary devices (define), rhythm, etc.
William Wordsworth
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

Ebonics Breakdown
Breakdown of Stanzas
(Meaning)
The first stanza: Wordsworth talks about a point in his life where he didn't really know where he was going with his poetry; he was just observing and watching time pass. He eventually comes to an epiphany and realizes that there's more to life than watching the time pass.
Second stanza: He goes from a general area to discussing the universe and its vastness. When Wordsworth observes from a different point of view (looking down from a cloud) , he begins to see things in a clearer perspective. He pays attention to detail and can respect more from what he sees.
Third stanza: Being a poet, this was was a great opportunity for him to truly see. He is saying how when you you take a step back and look through a broader lens, a poet can find so much to write about. There is so much beauty in the world that can inspire a poet to express his thoughts. But at the time, he thought little of how it affected him.
Fourth stanza: He often thinks about this experience when he is alone and is reminded of the joy it brought to him. The point he is trying to make is the importance of solitude. In the clouds he is alone observing the world. On the couch he is alone. But in both places he is able to get a better perception of the world. On the couch he may not be physically seeing the world from atop a cloud, but he sees it in his mind, allowing him to have deep thoughts. This solitude gives him the inspiration to write.

Moral: Sometimes being in solitude is not a bad thing, it allows you to concentrate harder and complete the task at hand more effectively
McIntyre, John. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 07 Dec. 2014.

"William Wordsworth." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.
ah wandered lonely as uh cloud peep this shit
Yo dat floats on high o'er vales an' hills, what 'chew trippin foo'
Yo When all at once ah seen uh crowd, and shit
uh host, o' golden daffodils; all ye damn hood ratz..
Beside da lake, beneaf da trees,
Fluttering an' dancing in da breeze brace yo'self foo'!

Continuous as da stars dat shine
an' twinkle on da milky way,
dey stretched in never-ending line
Along da margin o' uh bay:
Ten thousand seen ah at uh glance,
Tossing they heads in sprightly get jiggy wit it with muh beeotch

Yo da waves beside dem danced; but dey
Out-did da sparkling waves in glee:
uh poet could not but be salad tosser,
In such uh jocund company:
ah gazed—an' gazed—but little thought
What wealf da show ta me had brought: Ya' know what I'm sayin'?

fo' oft, when on muh motha fuckin couch ah lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
dey flash upon dat inward eye
Which iz da bliss o' solitude;
an' then muh motha fuckin heart wif pleasure fills,
an' dances wif da daffodils with muh beeotch
"Ebonics Translator." - Translate English into Ebonics with the Pimp Translator. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.
Rhyme Scheme: a
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a
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c
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d
e
d
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f
f

g
h
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j
k
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Whole Poem:
realism
- everyday characteristics of events and struggles-
this is just a normal person having one of those moments when they think about something deep or complex for no apparent reason
epiphany
- a sudden realization of insight-
first three stanzas to last: cloud idea to reality; also lines 1-4
mood
- how the message is perceived-
inspiring and pensive; becoming more open minded and thoughtful of everything around you
tone
- how the poet is communicating the message-
content and peaceful; happy with what he's doing
end rhyme
- when the end words of lines rhyme -see poem
imagery
-concrete sensory details- throughout the poem-
field, space/universe, and ocean/sea
theme
- underlying meaning of a piece of literature-
solitude isn't necessarily a bad thing and it can open your mind to new ideas and thoughts
Specifics:
simile
-c
omparing two unrelated thing using like or as
- line 1 and 7 (Speaker and Cloud)
personification
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giving non human objects human like qualities
-line 6, 12-13, and 23-24 (Daffodils,Waves)
parallel structures
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similar diction structure and rhythm between sentences
- line 5
understatement
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not giving full extent of the actual effect of the meaning
- line 11 (Ten thousand at a glance)
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